In this video, CRIS Executive Director Angela Plummer introduces 4 refugees who have resettled in Columbus Ohio who share their heart-wrenching personal stories of taking risks to escape execution, war, persecution and more – while driven by hope.
Impact of Refugees 2015 Report
This report outlines the economic impact refugees had on Central Ohio in 2015.
Be Prepared: Know Your Rights
In the current political climate, it is important for immigrants to know their rights and be prepared in the event of ICE raids, etc. Visit this page for resources and guidelines for staying prepared.
Spotlight on Refugee Seniors
Article discussing the senior refugee population and their unique challenges such as the language barrier and unfamiliarity with cultural customs.
Economic Impact of Refugees in Central Ohio
The Impact of Refugees in Central Ohio report confirms that the growing new American populations contribute to the cultural richness and enhance the economic growth and development of Columbus. The growth rate of the immigrant/refugee population in Columbus has also posed certain challenges for the city infrastructure in meeting the basic living necessities in a culturally sensitive manner. Some of these challenges include language barriers and education, fair and affordable housing, healthcare and employment. This report helps us to pinpoint these issues in order to better address them. Columbus has always been an inclusive city. We accept and appreciate those from ALL cultures and backgrounds. It’s what makes Columbus the best place to live, work and raise a family. -Michael B. Coleman, Mayor of Columbus
Refugee households with six or more people.
Refugees age 18 and older are currently enrolled in college or have graduated from college.
Refugees in Columbus resettled in the past 10 years.
Employed refugees age 16 and older who are business owners.
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The Mwenda family fled Congo in 2009 after a militia attack and lived for years in Malawi. Their arrival last week just beat a moratorium on refugees. To read the full story, click here or the link below. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/us/trump-refugee-ban.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share
Click the here to read the Columbus Dispatch’s article on the determination of three immigrant families to create better lives for their children. Written by Encarnacion Pyle and published by the Columbus Dispatch in 2017.
Click the photo to read about how the court stay on the Executive Order affects resettlement agencies. Published on March 17, 2017.
Watch Angie Plummer discuss the effects of President Trump’s new immigration ban on NBC 4. Aired on March 7, 2017. http://nbc4i.com/2017/03/07/new-travel-ban-poses-questions-for-refugees-in-central-ohio/
The Columbus Dispatch shares a story about a family uncertain about when they will reunite as a result of President Trump’s immigration ban. CRIS Executive Director Angie Plummer talks about current arrivals and what the travel ban means for the future. Published on February 12, 2017. Click here to view the article.