About a thousand refugees resettle in North Carolina each year, and one third of them are from Burma and Thailand. The Triangle is home to four of the nation's 10 refugee and immigrant resettlement organizations. There are two in Durham, and two in Raleigh.
Resettlement agencies distribute State Department grants, a one-time payment of $925 per refugee. For the first 90 days, the State Department provides housing and language assistance. But 90 days isn't a very long time when you are coming from a refugee camp.