The Idaho Office for Refugees supports our nation’s effort to welcome Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing war. Click here for resources for displaced Ukrainians and information about how Idahoans can help.
In just one month Russia's invasion has displaced 3.6 million people from Ukraine — the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe this century. The U.S. government on Thursday pledged to welcome up to 100,000 people who have fled Ukraine and to develop programs focused on reuniting Ukrainian refugees with family in the states.
Join the Refugee Speakers Bureau at Storyfort this Wednesday! Three Boise-area high school students will share their stories of navigating life while switching codes between their cultures of origin and the homes they are now growing up in.
Slavic churches across the Treasure Valley and Pacific Northwest are coming together to collect resources for Ukrainian refugees. Good Word Mission member Tina Polishchuk shared this update:
The reaction from Idahoans for assisting refugees has been incredible. Folks are rallying together in supporting those that are displaced.
There is currently a humanitarian aid drive in Meridian. This has grown exponentially, and is quickly expanding across the valley.
Idahoans along with the rest of the world are shaken to see Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, forcing families to separate, civilians to fight, and over a million people to flee the country.
Many Idahoans are wondering how they can help and if our state is preparing to receive more refugees from Ukraine.
Idaho has historically resettled people from the former Soviet Union facing persecution. Nearly 200 Ukrainian refugees have resettled in Idaho in the past two decades, including five people this year.
As we watch this unfolding crisis with heavy hearts, we do not anticipate a large increase of refugees from Ukraine to come to Idaho in the coming weeks. Organizations in countries neighboring Ukraine are working diligently to provide shelter and necessities. Keep reading for ideas on how to support them.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager