Resettlement: an Islamist path to the west?

… in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions. In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries.  This repeated in 2009-2013 …

Refugee Resettlement Watch recently reported on a letter written in a New Hampshire newspaper warning of a planned resettlement of Congolese refugees to Dover, ME. The letter referenced issues involving resettlement of Somali refugees to Lewiston, ME.

 

North of Portand, Lewiston is the second largest city in Maine and has a population of roughly 36,500 people.  Since 2001,  Somali refugees have been settling in Lewiston (and the surrounding town of Auburn) with numbers estimated at over 4,000 living in the Lewiston-Auburn area.  A small percentage originated as direct placements through Federal refugee programs.  The rest are part of secondary migration from other areas in the United States, primarily from Atlanta, GA.  The main attraction appears to be Maine’s generous welfare system. 

 Welfare fraud seems to be a common occurrence where Somali refugees are concentrated. 

Some media reports would leave readers to believe that all is well.  A 2009 Newsweek article claims that Somali immigrants actually saved Lewiston.    This may not be the case.  Federal officials have had to address the concerns of Lewiston officials, as well as other cities, over the social impact and financial drains posed by the refugees.

Somalis are but a portion of Muslim refugees resettling in the United States.  According to U.S.Department of State refugee statistics, in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions.  In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries.  This repeated in 2009-2013 and the  2014 allocations authorize the increased level.  For 2015, 12,000-15,000 Syrians alone, are projected for admission.

Europe has been facing serious cultural clashes involving Islamists and we’ve reported on a number of issues facing the U.K..  The United States is far from immune.  With the increased threats posed by the ISIS/IS Caliphate. the logic in increasing Middle East refugee allotments seems almost self-destructive.

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