refugees

Salt Lake County

Many refugees who come to live in Salt Lake County would like to make a living using the skills they brought with them from their home countries. Salt Lake County has partnered with the  International Rescue Committee to open a new incubator kitchen, that  gives many of those entrepreneurs a place to start.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Demonstrations against the violence in South Sudan took place in Utah and throughout the country Wednesday as President Salva Kiir visits Washington DC for an African-US summit. The Nuer community in Salt Lake City walked up State Street to the Utah Capitol, calling for peace and the deposition of Salva Kiir. The demonstration comes as the United Nations reports this week that militias in South Sudan killed at least five relief workers of Nuer ethnicity.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Some minority babies in Utah are more likely to experience health problems or die than their white counterparts. That’s especially true for refugees. A new research project out of the University of Utah aims to help African refugee mothers deliver healthier babies. 

Governor Gary Herbert has named former Utah Jazz player Thurl Bailey to serve as his ambassador to the state’s refugee community. In this role, Bailey will act as a liaison between the Governor and more than 50,000 refugees who call Utah home. Thurl “Big T” Bailey talks to KUER’s Andrea Smardon about his new role.

Related Event:

World Refugee Day in Utah