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Fewer arriving refugees means fewer workers in Magic Valley

Idaho has welcomed far fewer refugees this year, which means resettlement agencies have more time to work with families, but local businesses are scrambling to find workers.


Mark Finney: Welcoming refugees is what made America great

Stories like Elise’s remind us that we must continue to stand for and with refugees and immigrants in our community, advocating for compassionate, common-sense policies.


Mass stabbing suspect summoned Boise police to jail before his attorneys intervened

The man accused of murdering a 3-year-old child and wounding eight others in a stabbing attack at a Boise apartment complex asked police to come to the Ada County Jail …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbor.


A speeding ambulance. Asking how a toddler died. 2 boys recall Boise’s mass stabbing

Shortly before 9 p.m., an attacker ran through a child’s birthday party at the Boise apartment complex just off State Street, stabbing six children and three adults. Part of the …


Shocked Boise refugees, sympathizers come together fast after mass stabbing

Refugees and other Boiseans shocked by Saturday’s knife


San Francisco restaurants open kitchens to refugee chefs

At San Francisco’s Tawla restaurant, Muna Anaee was preparing more than 100 loaves for diners Wednesday night as part of a program that lets refugees aspiring to be chefs work …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Community celebrates children at Spokane’s World Refugee Day

A crowd of expectant family, friends and volunteers held back cheers as 26 immigrants from 11 countries raised their right hands to begin an oath renouncing foreign powers and pledging …


Shawn Vestal: Treatment of SeaTac asylum-seekers shows how far we still have to go

If you’re having trouble imagining just what kind of country we are becoming, vis-a-vis that whole “tired, poor and huddled masses” thing, think of SeaTac.


Mandy Manning: What we are as a nation: welcoming

Every day we see stories of families, individuals and groups of refugees fleeing to save their lives. Some find help and a welcome in a new country, and others are …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Ferris High’s Mandy Manning, the National Teacher of the Year, prepares to deliver her message

Three weeks after being named the National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning finally has a chance to reflect.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Refugees, students and Marshallese health all make Inslee’s Spokane agenda

In a series of stops throughout the city Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee heard from refugees, the local Marshallese community, students concerned with gun violence in schools and students with a …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

First time on snow: high school immigrant and refugee students head to Mount Spokane

Michelle Townshend teaches immigrant and refugee students at Mount Spokane high school. On March 15, her class ventured into the woods to go snowshoeing as part of the Lands Councils …


New data show Trump’s restrictive refugee policies are reshaping who is coming to Washington — and who isn’t

Refugees entering Washington from Iraq and Iran, numbering in the hundreds last year, totaled just 15 combined over the past six months. The number of Syrian refugees during that period: …


Still a trickle, but refugees sick of exile return to Syria

A small number of refugees have come back to Syria from among the more than 5.4 million who fled their homeland since the civil war erupted in 2011. So far, …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 10:05 a.m.

Angelina Jolie calls for end to Syria war, meets refugees

Movie star Angelina Jolie visited a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan on Sunday, calling for a political solution to Syria’s long-running civil war and saying that “humanitarian aid is …


Mark Finney: One year later, refugees still drastically reduced without reason

On Jan. 27, 2017, our president issued an executive order cutting refugee admissions from 110,000 people to only 50,000. At the beginning of the new federal fiscal year (October 1), …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Richardson resigns from Rohingya refugee panel

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has resigned from an advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a “whitewash and a cheerleading operation” for Myanmar leader Aung …


Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar likely delayed

The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced …


After year of separation, Congolese refugee family reunited in Spokane

For the past year, sisters Florance Mawazo and Mahirwe Solange Kobwa – refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who spent nearly two decades in a Ugandan United Nations camp …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

‘Stressful. Overwhelming. Confused’: Whitworth, EWU students undergo refugee resettlement simulation

A teaching simulation at Whitworth, EWU is helping students understand the complicated road refugees must take on their way to the United States.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 8:03 a.m.

Spokane has become a refugee resettlement destination under Mark Finney’s leadership of World Relief

Under Mark Finney’s leadership, World Relief has been more public, hosting celebrations and welcoming Spokane’s 10,000th refugee.


U.N. refugee chief urges the world to spend more on Africa

The world must do more to help millions of refugees across sub-Saharan Africa, which hosts more than a quarter of the world’s refugees, the United Nations said Tuesday.


Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

Syrian refugees struggled to communicate until they learned American Sign Language at Ferris High School

Three deaf Syrian children have gone most of their lives without language, their education truncated by years of turmoil and flight. Now they are beginning to learn their first comprehensive …


Refugees thank adoptive North Dakota city by feeding hungry

She and a group of other students, most from poor refugee families, spent the Thursday before Thanksgiving handing out turkey and cranberries to the hungry of Fargo, which welcomed their …


Myanmar, Bangladesh sign agreement on Rohingya refugees

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

With 10,000 refugees welcomed, World Relief Spokane marks important milestone

World Relief Spokane recently passed an important milestone, successfully relocating their 10,000th refugee. It’s a milestone they hope to pass again.


Terrified Rohingya Muslims await chance to enter Bangladesh

It’s a scene that has played out over and over again with heartbreaking regularity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution in Myanmar and escaped to neighboring …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

Refugee advocates denounce Trump’s latest order

President Donald Trump’s latest executive order on refugees is, in effect, a continuation of his ban on a majority of applicants, according to refugee advocates. They say the continued restrictions …