Idaho Office for Refugees

Idaho Office for Refugees


This Saturday, June 20 is the 20th celebration of World Refugee Day, but because of the coronavirus, the Idaho Office for Refugees is opting for a virtual celebration to keep everyone safe. 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Americans across the country are grappling with limited movements and a lot more time at home. For many refugees, this is familiar territory and they have some valuable insights into coping with life under a stay-home order.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

This week, Idaho Governor Brad Little and the two counties in the state in which refugee resettlement occurs sent letters to the Trump administration affirming their support for resettlement to continue locally.

Global Gardens

Global Gardens has been a lifeline for Boise’s local refugee population, but after losing key grant money, the program is scrambling to find new funding.


State of Utah

The U.S. accepted zero refugees in October. That’s after the Trump administration has set a year-long cap on refugees at 18,000, the lowest number since the modern refugee program began with the Refugee Act of 1980.


via Facebook / Treasure Valley Refugee Restaurant Week

Refugee Restaurant Week is an annual event in the Treasure Valley. It pairs refugee chefs with restaurants in Boise, Caldwell and Eagle, bringing the flavors of Ethiopia, Syria, Iraq and Somalia to tables across the valley. We talk with the Idaho Office for Refugees about the event, which runs through October 13.

Friday, June 20, is World Refugee Day — a time when people in Idaho and around the globe recognize the struggles of the world's refugees and efforts to provide relief, security and freedom for these populations. Kara Fink and Salome Mwangi of the Idaho Office for Refugees join Idaho Matters to talk about Boise's legacy as a refugee-welcome city and events downtown commemorating the day.

Boise Celebrates World Refugee Day

Jun 20, 2018

World Refugee Day is Saturday -- there will be celebrations and 20 men and women who were resettled in Boise as refugees will become American citizens. We talk with Kara Fink of the Idaho Office for Refugees and Moses Mukengezi from the Agency for New Americans about the path to citizenship and how Boise became a home for so many seeking the American Dream.

On The Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 19, 2018

  • Boise becomes home to America's newest citizens.
  • College of Idaho's co-presidents talk higher education.
  • NPR's Kirk Siegler talks about reporting from Idaho.
  • The City of Boise condemns immigration policy.

via Idaho Office for Refugees

Jan Reeves has been the director of the Idaho Office for Refugees since 1998, but he got his start in the field in the '80s – when resettlement was under the state Department of Health and Welfare.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

An initiative that would halt the refugee resettlement program in Twin Falls did not receive enough signatures to get on the ballot in November.

Supporters of the measure needed nearly 4,000 signatures to put it on the ballot in Twin Falls County. According to the recorder’s office, fewer than one thousand signatures were turned in by Monday's 5:00 p.m. deadline.

Washington Post

New analysis from the Washington Post ranks Idaho among the top five most welcoming states for refugees. The newspaper looked at the relative populations of the states where refugees were re-settled in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Nebraska also ranked near the top.