What We Do

Open Arms provides living wage work for refugee women in the private label textile manufacturing industry. 

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The New Leaf Refugee Agriculture Program connects refugees to former farming traditions.

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Our community center is in the heart of the refugee community and provides educational and other support.

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Who are refugees?

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services refugees are persons living outside their country of origin who cannot return to their homes due to fear of persecution based on their race, religion, or membership in a particular social/political group.

How many refugees come to the United States?

Approximately 70,000 refugees are settled to the United States each year.  

Texas receives approximately 4,500 refugees per year and is one of the top states for refugee resettlement in the United States.  These refugees generally resettle in one of eight Texas communities: Amarillo, Austin, Abilene, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and El Paso.  

Where can I get more information about refugees?

For more information about refugee arrivals in Texas visit the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

To learn more about the United States Refugee Resettlement Program visit the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  To learn more about the global refugee situation visit United Nations High Court of Refugee’s website at: www.unhcr.org

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