Agencies in six Wisconsin communities will receive a total of $1.5 million to help resettle new refugees.
The state Department of Children and Families said the latest refugees arriving in Wisconsin are mainly from Burma, East Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nepal. To receive refugee status, a person must have a fear of persecution and not be able to safely return to their home country.
The state has funded refugee programs using federal money, beginning with the Hmong resettlement in Wisconsin. Local agencies provide a host of services to the refugees, including language and literacy classes, school enrollment, job information and mental health services.
The funding has been targeted for agencies in Appleton, Barron, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Oshkosh. About 1,000 new refugees are expected to settle in Wisconsin this year.