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Conference to Examine Refugees in Midwest

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A three-day conference at the University of Iowa will shine a spotlight on refugees living in the Midwest.

The "Refugees in the Heartland" conference begins Thursday evening in Iowa City with a keynote speech by Kenneth Quinn, the former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia who now leads the World Food Prize Foundation.

Panel discussions on Friday and Saturday will examine the experiences of groups such as Somalis who have settled in the Twin Cities and Bosnians and ethnic Burmese who are now living in Iowa. Speakers will also address issues such as immigration reform.

The university says the conference is designed to educate the public and generate discussions about refugee and resettlement policy and practices. Refugee leaders and service providers are among those expected to be in attendance.

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