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Governor asks US to resettle more refugees in Vermont

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Published: Mar. 19, 2021 at 1:19 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Republican governor is asking the State Department to at least triple the number of refugees expected to arrive in the current fiscal year.

Gov. Phil Scott said in a letter to the State Department and dated Monday that Vermont is scheduled to receive 100 refugees this year and he would like to see at least three times that number next year. Scott says refugees are an integral part of efforts to expand the Vermont economy, which has been hobbled by a declining population. President Joe Biden is planning to increase refugee admissions in the next fiscal year from a low of 15,000 to 125,000 next year. 

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