Iraqi Refugees 

An estimated 200 to 300 Iraqis are expected to arrive in the Portland area within the next month or two.

The resettlement effort is being led by Catholic Charities Maine, with the assistance of Peace Action Maine.

Danny Muller, executive director of Peace Action Maine, told Maine Public Radio that the new arrivals are among up to 17,000 Iraqis displaced by the war who are arriving in the U.S. this year.

They’ll be seeking assistance at a time when funding for social services is already strained.