Assistant Secretary of State meets with Portland refugees

6:20 PM, Feb 21, 2014   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The nation's most senior authority on refugee issues visited Maine Friday.

Over the years, Maine has become a popular place for refugees fleeing war-torn countries to resettle and build new lives. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard spent the day meeting with local refugees and the people who provide them with critical services. Richard says she knows that providing resources to refugees can be challenging for a small city. But she says the United States could not run its refugee resettlement program without cities like Portland.

"Most of the world's refugees don't come to the United States," Richard told NEWS CENTER. "But we take a small fraction of the world's refugees and we find that they become model citizens, and their kids often go on to really excel. So I think it's a tradition that we have in the United States that we should be very proud of and that we should nurture."

Richard also spoke with students at Bowdoin College about the conflict in Syria.
















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