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Published in Great Plains Research 13 (Fall 2003): 271-90. Copyright © 2003 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


Upheaval causes many people to flee intolerable conditions in their own countries and to seek better lives elsewhere. The United States plays a pivotal role in the resettlement of refugees uprooted by these crises. The refugee resettlement program in North Dakota primarily assists the refugees in making a better life, and it ultimately helps the state's quest for population growth, ethnic diversity, and economic development. This study deals with refugee resettlement in North Dakota communities, specifically Bosnian refugees in Grand Forks. Survey questionnaires and interviews were used to gain an understanding of the issues that the Bosnians face in adjusting to life in the community. Their concerns include the lack of employment opportunities with a livable wage, learning English, and job/skills training.