International Rescue Committee

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Under former President George W. Bush, the highest ceiling on the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. was 80,000. Under Barack Obama, it was 110,000. President Donald Trump set this year's cap at 45,000.

“And based on the numbers so far, we're looking at less than half that many that we were told would be allowed into the country," says Harold Schlechtweg, the advocacy coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in Kansas.

Ben Kuebrich / Kansas News Service

A humanitarian group that helps refugees settle in western Kansas is shutting down its office in the region amid changing rules that welcome fewer newcomers to the country and the state.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.


Monday is World Refugee Day, and a local celebration will honor refugees and people that work with them.

According to the local chapter of the International Rescue Committee, Wichita is home to more than 800 refugees from at least 12 countries. The group will mark the day with a photography exhibit which shows some of the people in the community who work to make refugees feel welcome here.