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The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute announces its next “Newsmaker Breakfast,” a monthly event highlighting current issues impacting the State of Utah. The event will be held in the Ivory Ballroom of the Thomas S. Monson Center. A light breakfast will be served. 

The next breakfast will focus on the current refugee landscape in Utah. The Trump administration in Washington has adopted a new and stricter policy on refugees entering the country. In Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert has said the state welcomes refugees but also remains mindful of public-safety concerns. It is estimated that there are nearly 65,000 refugees, speaking more than 40 languages, living in Utah; the vast majority of whom, more than 95 percent, live in Salt Lake County. As of 2015, Utah welcomes approximately 1,200 refugees annually

Newsmaker Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, which houses the Refugee Services Office, will answer questions about what the state is doing to support refugees and how the Trump administration’s policies and executive orders have impacted refugees in Utah. The discussion will also address what refugees’ greatest needs are and what individuals, businesses and organizations can do to become involved. Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Director Natalie Gochnour will moderate the conversation.