Syrian refugees coming to Lane County

Nonprofits work to bring Syrian refugees to Lane County

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, Syrian refugees inside the border wait to be approved to get into Jordan, in the Hadalat reception area, near the northeastern Jordanian border with Syria, and Iraq, near the town of Ruwaished, Jordan. The Senate will consider new rigorous screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to enter the United States as national security looms large for voters in an election year. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Nonprofit groups are working to bring refugees from Syria and Myanmar to Lane County.

The Register-Guard reports that Catholic Community Services of Lane County is helping a total of 10 people from three families come to Eugene from their home countries. Two of the families are from Syria and one is from Myanmar. Each family has a relative living in Eugene.

Catholic Community Services Executive Director Tom Mulhern says up to 35 refugees could end up coming to the county by the end of this year.

Catholic Community Services is working with other faith-based organizations to work out the logistics of the local refugee program.

The United States accepts refugees from Syria because of ongoing war there and from Myanmar because of ongoing political repression and violence.

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