Tulsa not likely to be impacted by Syrian refugee crisis

Catholic Charities Tulsa is Family Reunification Site

Tulsa, OK, November 16, 2015 — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa is a Family Reunification Site for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and has welcomed approximately 1,000 refugees to this area of Oklahoma since 2008. The USCCB is one of nine domestic, nongovernmental organizations receiving funding from the US State Department to accept refugees who have fled their countries. They currently resettle approximately 26% of the refugees invited to live in the US.

As a Family Reunification Site, Catholic Charities Tulsa only resettles refugees who have family or close friends already residing in the Tulsa area. Because of this, Tulsa is not likely to be impacted by the Syrian refugee crisis.

Refugees who apply and are accepted to come to the US are usually living in refugee camps, many of them have been in camps for 5-10 years. They are invited by the US State Department to come to the country with legal rights and a program to help them become responsible residents on the path to citizenship.

Tulsa has become known as a welcoming city for people from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This year 278 refugees, 95% of them from Burma, have arrived in Tulsa. Once cleared through security and health checks, the Migration & Refugee Services staff of Catholic Charities meets them at the airport, settles them in furnished apartments, assists them with health department requirements, school enrollment for their children and finding employment.