Suspension of Refugee Resettlement Over COVID-19 Means Church World Service isn’t Getting the Usual $1,000 Profit Per Refugee
Group Looks to Be Down $25,000 from Bottom Line
One must always look for silver linings, and one of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is a pause in the insane level of refugee resettlement into Lancaster County.
About a month ago, on March 17, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration announced that they would be temporarily halting all refugee resettlement throughout the world due to COVID-19.
Apparently this canceled four arrivals that were heading to Lancaster County via Church World Service Lancaster and suspended travel for 19 others that CWS wanted to bring in.
Of course, Church World Service was disappointed – that represented a $25,000 profit gone.
Yes, CWS makes a profit of $1,000 for every refugee they bring to Lancaster County. Nice work if you can get it.
Over the years the rate has changed – especially with the refugee cap that President Trump signed in late 2019 – but CWS along with other refugee outreaches in Lancaster are responsible for bringing in almost one refugee for every 300 residents.
The accumulation of these numbers of foreigners has stressed local schools and driven up education costs.
CWS is lamenting this even as food pantries here are stretched thin, unemployment has hit more than 20% in the county, and businesses are closing daily.
“We don’t know what will happen in the next quarter,” Sheila Mastropietro, Lancaster CWS office director, said in a local interview. “We feel like lifting the suspension on April 6th is a little optimistic, I’m sure they’ll reevaluate closer to the date.”
Money is still flowing into CWS from cosmopolitan donors – it’s a globalist organization headquartered in New York, but the COVID-19 pandemic could create a budget shortfall for the corporate office and the Lancaster office.
I left a message with the Lancaster office, and will update the story as necessary.
We’ll be looking more at Church World Service Lancaster in coming weeks, but this was a good start.