- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The new Missoula director of a refugee resettlement agency says displaced people from the African nation of Congo should arrive in Montana in August or September.

Molly Short Carr of the International Refugee Committee tells the Missoulian (https://bit.ly/2a2sqH7 ) that there is a push to move refugees out of Africa. More than 150,000 people have fled Congo because of civil war.

Missoula County commissioners previously invited up to 100 refugees a year to resettle in the county.

The invitation caused backlash among protesters concerned the refugees would come from Syria. The protesters feared that terrorists could slip through the vetting process.

Carr says Syrians will not be among the refugees initially resettled in Missoula.

The IRC re-opened its Missoula office this year. It previously helped settle Hmong refugees in Missoula from 1979-1991.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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