Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Review: Burmese refugees flock to Iowa meatpacking town

The Review reports:
Like other waves of immigrants, they were drawn to this poor, sparsely populated region of southeastern Iowa by the promise of jobs, good schools and welcoming people... The refugees needed a paycheck -- and fast. Cuts in federal benefits for refugees mean there is little safety net in the way of food, medical or housing assistance. Tyson pays workers at least $13 per hour and provides health insurance. "They can make more in one week at Tyson Fresh Meats than they would make in one year back home," Rustad said. In Columbus Junction, Mickelson said, the first five Burmese workers were hired as part of a recruitment effort in Illinois and later encouraged friends and relatives to apply. 

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