How we started

Utah stands out as a resettlement site for refugees from around the world, yet there has been relatively little research about its success and the ever-changing needs of its diverse immigrant communities. In 2015 a group of representatives from invested community agencies, academic institutions, and state offices began work to design an entity responsible for addressing this deficit. As a result, in 2016, the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration (CRMRI) was launched. Housed within the University of Utah College of Social Work, the Center’s charge was to collaborate with community and university partners to focus on applied and current research addressing issues confronting refugee and immigrant communities in Utah and across the Intermountain West.