A refugee is an individual located outside of the United States and outside their country of origin. These individuals may be of special humanitarian concern to the United States because of persecution or fears persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. The Office of Refugee Resettlement assists refugees with relocating to the United States, accessing state government welfare and healthcare benefits, employment preparation and placement, and English language training. Refugees deemed ineligible for state welfare and health benefits may receive assistance through Cash and Medical Assistance grants, which reimburse states and non-state entities that administer resettlement programs. Non-state entity programs receive funds from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and through donations. Filed in the 2022 legislative session, SB 1233 would provide a tax credit for those who make monetary donations to refugee resource centers.
This Note has been updated. You can access the previous version here (published in April 2022).