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Mary Poole

Ghalia Almasri, right, and Mary Poole of Soft Landing Missoula led an event in 2017 to introduce locals to the cuisines of local refugees.
Olga Kreimer / Montana Public Radio

An international group helping refugees resettle in Missoula plans to expand its operations. The announcement came after news that President Joe Biden is significantly increasing the number of refugees that the U.S. allows into the country.

Refugee Welcoming Week 2018 calendar of events.
Soft Landing Missoula

A week-long cultural celebration of Missoula’s refugee community kicks off Friday at Imagine Nation Brewing.

Mary Poole, the executive director of the Missoula non-profit Soft Landing, says "Welcoming Week is a national week of events to celebrate refugees and immigrants in our communities and to bring them together with other folks in the community."

Missoulians play soccer on a field in the Upper Rattlesnake on Wednesday, June 12, 2018.
Maxine Speier

The FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday, and in Missoula, people are preparing for another multinational soccer tournament this weekend.

Soft Landing Missoula is hosting its second annual soccer tournament Saturday at Fort Missoula in honor of World Refugee Day.

Olga Kreimer

In Missoula, a new roving supper club is showcasing the culinary talent of refugees and offering a chance for locals to eat the world without leaving town. It’s called “United We Eat,” and it’s organized by Soft Landing Missoula, a non-profit that helps integrate refugees into the community. 

Hundreds gather in Missoula, MT to rally in support of refugees, Tuesday March 1, 2016.
Josh Burnham

A December Trump administration announcement that it is planning to halve the number of refugees coming into the U.S. in 2018 will have little impact on Missoula’s fledgling refugee resettlement program.

The U.S. State Department says that dozens of offices authorized to resettle refugees will close in 2018. The International Rescue Committee office in Missoula will not be one of them.

Two of the estimated 800-plus who turned out for a March 1, 2016 rally in Missoula in support of refugee resettlement.
Josh Burnham

Donald Trump’s election seems to have, at least in the short-term, bolstered a Missoula non-profit group’s refugee resettlement goals.

"Refugee Resettlement in Missoula" is Soft Landing’s second lecture. The forum was Tuesday, November 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Urey Lecture Hall on the University of Montana campus. It was free and open to the public.
Soft Landing Missoula

Groups involved with the resettlement of refugees in Montana tried to answer questions and clear up misconceptions about resettlement plans in Missoula last night at the University of Montana.

"Refugee Resettlement in Missoula" is Soft Landing’s second lecture. The forum was Tuesday, November 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Urey Lecture Hall on the University of Montana campus. It was free and open to the public.
Soft Landing Missoula

The organization aiming to bring more refugees to Missoula is holding a public forum on the global refugee crisis Tuesday night.

Wuri, who only has one name, is a student and language teacher from Indonesia who attended the protest in Missoula Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
Nora Saks

A month ago a group called ACT for America held an event in Kalispell that drew 200 people on a weeknight. ACT says its mission is preserve American culture and keep the country safe. Human rights groups say ACT engages in anti-Muslim hate speech.

6 Congolese Refugees Arrive In Missoula For Resettlement

Aug 22, 2016
Two of the estimated 800-plus who turned out for a March 1, 2016 rally in Missoula in support of refugee resettlement.
Josh Burnham

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An exhausted Congelese family of six experiencing culture shock has arrived in Missoula, the first of an anticipated 100 east African refugees expected to be resettled in Montana over the next year, a resettlement agency official said.

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