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Commissioners vote to allow refugee settlement in Spokane County

Spokane County Commissioners found themselves in a position Tuesday none of their predecessors had faced before: deciding whether refugees should be allowed to settle in their community. They unanimously voted …

American lives taking shape: For refugees from the Congo, life in Spokane is one of hope, heartache

For Veronique Changa Changa and her children, the catastrophe they fled in the Congo was vast, even global, in nature, but they’ve recently experienced a more intimate, personal tragedy: The …

‘We do the best we can’: Refugee in Spokane hopes for husband’s arrival as U.S. immigration policies tighten

“I have a strong faith in God, and believe one day he will make a miracle for us to get back together,” Arooj Nirmal said from the offices of World …

Faith and Values: Bike ride for refugees inspires commitment

A 425-mile bike ride across Washington raised money for – and important perspectives on – refugee resettlement.

Global Neighborhood Thrift aims to provide more job training, employment to former refugees through store expansion

Khalid Samir didn’t speak English and lacked connections for landing a job in America. But he was able to find Global Neighborhood, a nonprofit organization that provides a job readiness …

Samuel Smith: Generosity, not fear, made America a beacon of hope

Love and generosity, not fear, made the United States a beacon of hope to the world

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018

Trump travel ban constitutional, divided court says; AG Ferguson files new immigration suit

U.S. Supreme Court upholds latest version of President Trump’s travel ban.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018

Marchers brave icy conditions, rally by candlelight for ‘Dreamers’

About 200 Spokanites attended a vigil and march for Dreamers and immigrant families that began at First Presbyterian Church Thursday night.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

‘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

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.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

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.

From Rwanda to Spokane: Couple reunified after two years apart

Khalfani Ramadani and his wife, Josephine, were reunified in Spokane this week. It was the first time they’d seen each other in the two years since Ramadani came to the …

UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017

The music of Bloomsday: Along the course, bands compete to spur runners on

This may not be Philadelphia and you may not feel like Sylvester Stallone in his fighting prime when you make the second-to-last turn in Bloomsday on to Broadway Avenue. But …

Between Trump orders, about 60 refugees settled in Spokane

In the month since a federal court ruling halted President Donald Trump’s ban on refugee admissions, about 60 refugees settled in Spokane.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

World Relief to lay off 140 staff, close five locations, citing Trump refugee order

One of the nine organizations that works with the United Nation’s refugee program announced Wednesday it will lay off about 140 staff and close five offices that have resettled more …

World Relief hosts world music concert to benefit refugees

World Relief Spokane will host a benefit concert Friday to showcase music from around the world while raising funds for their work supporting refugees.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

World Relief projecting layoffs following refugee resettlement halt

World Relief Spokane is facing a budget crisis and likely layoffs of many staff members who help resettle refugees in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday temporarily …

Eagle Scout project nets hundreds of blankets for Spokane-area refugees

Jared Freedland, a sophomore at West Valley High School, collected 335 blankets destined for Spokane-area refugees for his Eagle Scout project.

Growing number of students who are learning English poses challenges to schools, families

Spokane Public Schools has had success “clustering” English Language Learners into shared classrooms, but the growing number of students is creating new challenges.

11-year-old sells chicken eggs, raises money for refugees

Natalie Achenbach believes little things, like chicken eggs, can have a big impact.

Resettling refugees takes time, resources

Images of Syrian refugees streaming into Europe have dominated the news for the past week, but the crisis is more than a European issue. World Relief Spokane settled 527 refugees …

Refugee family builds a new life in Spokane

On a sunny day in mid-February, Samah Mohammed pauses to take in her new surroundings. She sets her bags on a bed as her husband, 41-year-old Omar Abdulrazaq, and two …

Refugees find freedom, fresh start in Spokane

With midnight approaching, three weary travelers shuffle down the ramp past airport security to the baggage claim. The 5-year-old girl grips her mother’s hand and tries to hide behind her …

Exercises give a glimpse into refugees’ world

Tim Cruger thought he had the book memorized. He knew his name, where he was from, and all of his family members’ names and ages. What more could he possibly …

Three bodies found in car in river

Krishna Dhakal and his family braved death to flee from Bhutan to Nepal to escape harsh cultural persecution and human rights abuses. He spent most of his life in refugee …

UPDATED: Wed., July 6, 2011

Three bodies found in submerged car

Krishna Dhakal and his family braved death to flee from Bhutan to Nepal to escape harsh cultural persecution and human rights abuses. He spent most of his life in refugee …

Foreign refugees flood into Spokane with 3 months of U.S. aid

In the fall of 2006, a young Spokane pastor and his wife welcomed an extended family of 12 ethnic Burmese refugees into their East Central neighborhood church called Jacob’s Well …

Making a connection

Friday was Yevgeniy Sirokhin’s first day on a Spokane bus, but the STA hopes he becomes a regular rider. The 82-year-old Ukrainian immigrant and World War II veteran joined nearly …