Refugee-turned-reporter recounts Catholic agencies’ role in resettlement – Catholic Philly

By Kelly Seegers • Catholic News Service • Posted June 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Igor Bobic, now a reporter at HuffPost, told a Washington audience June 19 about his own experience as a refugee and the twists and turns that led to being resettled with his parents in the United States and the part Catholic agencies played in his family’s new life.

“I wouldn’t be here; I wouldn’t be alive, without the help of the USCCB and Catholic Charities,” he said, referring to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bobic spoke as part of a panel on “Perspectives on Refugee Resettlement in U.S.” during an event sponsored by the USCCB’s Migration and Refugees Services at the National Press Club in advance of World Refugee Day, observed June 20.

Other speakers included Patricia Maloof, program director of migration and refugee services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, and Jeremy Robbins, executive director of the New America Economy, which that day released a report about refugees’ positive economic impact titled “From Struggle to Resilience.”

Bobic was just 7 years old when his family fled the war in Bosnia during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

Since his parents were in a “mixed marriage” — his mom was Muslim and his dad was Christian Orthodox — the family was particularly in danger during the war. After his mom was jailed for several days, his family sneaked out of the country in the middle of the night, without any time to gather possessions to take with....

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