International Center of Kentucky

Becca Schimmel

Bowling Green is home to residents from dozens of countries, and schools where students speak about 90 different languages. One of the biggest challenges facing members of the city’s international community is the language barrier.

Lisa Autry, WKYU

Bowling Green’s refugee resettlement agency is unsure how many refugees will be resettled in the new year, or where they’ll come from. The International Center of Kentucky is accepting refugees as they come in with little knowledge of how many they’re expected to receive. 

Becca Schimmel / WKYU

A report recently published in Politico said the Trump administration wants to reduce the number of refugee arrivals allowed in the U.S. to zero. This comes at a time when the Bowling Green-based International Center of Kentucky has seen an uptick in resettlement. 

Becca Schimmel / WKYU

A new program to help human trafficking victims is now underway in southern Kentucky. The effort is taking place at the International Center of Kentucky

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.

Lisa Autry / WKYU

Bowling Green resettled more refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo over a recent three-month period than from any other country. The size of some of those Congolese families is presenting challenges when it comes to finding living arrangements.

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.

Rhonda Miller, WKYU

South central Kentucky is expected to have 22,000 open jobs in the next five years. That’s going to intensify the current shortage of workers in the state - an issue that’s facing the entire country.

CREDIT BECCA SCHIMMEL.

  The International Center of Kentucky is hoping to reach their cap of resettling 300 refugees in the next fiscal year. 

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