Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. They often have had to flee with little more than the clothes on their back, leaving behind homes, possessions, jobs and loved ones. By the end of 2017, there were 25.4 million refugee men, women and children registered across the world (UN Refugee Agency).
Cache Valley has a long history of accepting refugees. In the 1980s refugees from the Vietnam War (Hmong and Vietnamese) came to Cache Valley and today are part of our community. In the last 10 years, refugees from Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq have also resettled in Cache Valley. In 2015, USU Libraries participated in a fieldwork project with students from the USU Folklore Program to collect the voices of our newest refugee community members.
Visit the "Meet Your Cache Valley Refugee Neighbors" display in the Merrill-Cazier Library, Lower Level Gallery. View the Cache Valley Refugee Oral History Project here.