Albert MBanfu

Becca Schimmel / WKYU

The Trump administration’s decision to lower the cap on refugees admitted into the U.S. is calling into question the future of refugee resettlement in Bowling Green. The administration announced Monday it’s reducing the refugee cap to a record low of 30,000. The International Center of Kentucky was planning to resettle about 400 refugees this year, but now it may not be able to bring in even half of that.  

Becca Schimmel / WKYU

Tougher federal guidelines on refugee resettlement are having a big impact on a southern Kentucky agency.

Kevin Willis, WKYU

The leader of a Bowling Green-based refugee resettlement agency says his group is on pace to relocate less than half the number of refugees it was supposed to receive this fiscal year.

A refugee resettlement agency in Bowling Green is seeking private funds to educate refugees on reproductive health. There’s been an increase in refugees getting pregnant or needing help locating contraceptive resources and information.

The International Center of Kentucky says its clients need reproductive health education. Executive Director Albert Mbanfu said cultural differences are also contributing to the problem.

Mbanfu, a native of Cameroon, said having a lot of children is considered a blessing in many African cultures. He said it’s a challenge explaining to refugees the difference in how expensive it is to raise children in the U.S. compared to Africa.

Lisa Autry, WKYU

A refugee resettlement agency in Bowling Green is reporting an uptick in donations.

Rhonda Miller, WKYU

The Bowling Green-based International Center of Kentucky is not requesting any refugees from Syria for the next fiscal year. The center’s Executive Director Albert Mbanfu said Syrian refugees are not expected to be approved because the Trump administration considers them a "special concern."

Joe Corcoran, WKU News

Nearly 100 refugee children from countries in Africa and Asia will be a lot more comfortable this winter thanks to the efforts of Bowling Green's Islamic Center and the International center.

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Bowling Green is preparing to welcome Syrian refugees later this year who are fleeing their country’s civil war. The re-settlement is raising concerns among some in the community.