Where Shall They Go? On The Resettlement of Refugees in Boise, ID.

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Samia Islam


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an organization whose goal is to provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in more than 40 countries, and help resettle thousands of refugees each year in 26 U.S. cities. Boise, Idaho is one of these cities and thus, possess a large influx of refugees. With this high amount of migrates, certain city factors are stressed, namely housing, transportation, and healthcare. A huge expense in the resettlement process is transitional housing costs. The aim of our project is to utilize GIS software to generate a map of the optimal zone for housing in the Boise area, with hopes of contributing a tool to the resettlement procedure. The main spatial constraints we will be considering are close access to public transportation and food markets, and housing that fits within a certain portioned budget allowance, as refugees operate on direct cash assistance. It is our persuasion that contributing this tool will help to reduce unnecessary costs and create a greater efficiency in the refugees resettlement process.

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