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Tennessee stands to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees


Tennessee will likely receive some of the 10,000 Syrian refugees that President Barack Obama says the U.S. will admit for resettlement over the next 12 months.

The Tennessee Office for Refugees, based in Nashville, is waiting for more information on the families it will help relocate and Holly Johnson, spokeswoman for the organization, says they are prepared to assist those who come. “Statewide our program is very strong,” says Johnson. “We have very successful employment outcomes, self-sufficiency; refugees quickly thrive and become part of the community.”

Johnson says it’s important to note the high level of screening the Syrian immigrants will undergo before arriving to the United States. For that reason it’s unlikely, she says, that any of them could pose a danger to citizens here.


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