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Meeting Addresses Refugee Resettlement

Appleton -

A meeting to address the resettlement of 75 refugees in Appleton drew a big crowd Thursday night. 

For many who attended it was a chance to ask questions.

Hoping to put a face on the word refugee, Ning Geel spoke out at the Appleton Public Library, sharing her story of having to resettle from Myanmar four months ago.

The educational session was hosted by World Relief Fox Valley.

Geel said, "There is much better but we still face a lot of challenge. This challenge includes education and job, job searching, yes."

World Relief is in the process of assisting 135 refugees resettle with 75 coming to Appleton from the countries of Iraq, Congo, and Myanmar.

The group's goal is assist with job training and placement, but also self sufficiency.

Myrim Mwizerwa, Executive Director of World Relief Fox Valley said, "Obviously refugees are people fleeing their home for one reason for the other, but mainly because of persecution. So the selection process is done by the Department of State and Homeland Security. So it's a very thorough process."

That process was recently under scrutiny when an Appleton alderman submitted a resolution that the resettlement be placed on hold, pending a readiness evaluation.

The request by Jeff Jirshele was withdrawn a few days ago.

"World Relief in this effort, it might be the first in Appleton. World Relief has been working in Green Bay, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and Appleton is a choice that is natural," said Kathy Flores, Appleton Diversity Coordinator. 

The organization says the resettlement effort is already underway and all refugees should be here by the end of September.

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