Minnesota officials are waiting for the U-S State Department’s decision on how many Ukrainian refugees could come to Minnesota, and those people would then be initially placed by federally-contracted resettlement organizations in Saint Cloud, Rochester and the Twin Cities.  Rachele King, manager of the state’s Resettlement Programs Office, says refugees then start looking for communities with job opportunities, affordable housing, safe communities and strong schools:

“Because of that we see sort of a migration that happens after that initial resettlement, in many cases to places like that — places in Greater Minnesota that offer those great standards of living and great opportunities for families.”

King says the state Human Services Department ensures that community resources are connected and refugees have access to them.  She says the state has federal funding to help people after initial resettlement services end, so they can become self-sufficient.