The Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration is in Portland today -- to see how well refugees settle into their new lives in the city.
Anne Richard visited two families and met with local charities and government organizations.
Anne Holloway of Catholic Charities says Secretary Richard asked a lot of questions.
"She has already visited two other cities, trying to get a handle on the success of the U.S. Refugee program," Holloway says. "What the local agencies are being able to do to help resettle them. How they're faring in our school systems, with employers,all of those kinds of things."
Holloway says the federal government could help local resettlement efforts by providing more money. She says families get eight months of financial help, but it often takes longer to assimilate into the community.
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This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.