Burmese emigration to Fort Wayne to level off

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A federal official says the pace of refugees emigrating from the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar to Fort Wayne is expected to level off in the years ahead.

Fort Wayne is home to more than 6,000 immigrants from Myanmar, giving it one of the largest U.S. communities of people from the nation also known as Burma.

But The Journal Gazette reports that Democratic reforms in Myanmar are expected to slow and perhaps reverse the exodus of people fleeing its military government.

U.S. State Department director of refugee admissions Larry Bartlett said Thursday during a visit to Fort Wayne that Burmese refugees will continue to resettle in Fort Wayne, but in smaller numbers. He says that decline might be offset by an increase in refugees from Congo and Iraq.

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