Thousands of Somali refugees who resettled in Arizona are leaving for Minnesota according to an agency that helps the refugees adapt to their new home country, 100% Fed Up reports.
Mukhtar Sheikh, the program coordinator for the Somali Association of Arizona, says nearly half of Somali refugees opt to leave the state for other parts of the country that has a large Somali community, particularly Minnesota, due to lack of employment opportunities, according to a report by the Phoenix New Times.
Among the common problems faced by Somali refugees in Arizona is the relatively small financial assistance they get from the state. In fact, the federal government is their main provider of cash assistance.
Following the sentencing of nine young Somali refugees in Minnesota in November over terror conspiracy charges, it brings to light the existence of an ISIS terror cell where uneducated and non-English speaking Somalis are being recruited.
This prompted no less than U.S. District Judge Michael Davis to declare that the state has a terror cell problem, the Star Tribune reports.
“Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells,” Davis said. “We have a cell here in Minneapolis.”