The White House has announced that the United States admitted its 10,000th Syrian refugee earlier this week—part of a global resettlement program established in response to a civil war that has gripped Syria for the past five years and displaced millions from their homeland.
While refugees have been resettled into 231 U.S. cities and towns, more have come to Boise than the nation's largest communities. The New York Times crunched the numbers, revealing the City of Trees "has accepted more refugees than New York and Los Angeles combined."
The reason is simple: Federal authorities have done their best to resettle many refugees into what they call "more affordable, medium-size cities." Another example is Worcester, Mass., which has taken in more refugees than Boston.
The Times reports Syrian refugee resettlement got to a particularly slow start because the refugees were subjected to "an additional layer of background checks, which extended a lengthy vetting process."
- The New York Times
- Where Syrian refugees were placed.