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Refugee Simulation Presentation SPOKANE

An introduction to Refugees Resettlement

Mark Kadel

on 29 April 2016

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Transcript of Refugee Simulation Presentation SPOKANE

The United States of America offers refugees a place to start a new life
2. A refugee flees to another country to stay until they can either go home or a new home can be found for them.
3. If a refugee can not go home, sometimes they are "resettled" in a new country to start a new life.
Why do people leave their country?
Religious Persecution
Ethnic cleansing
What countries are people leaving?
When someone flees their country, they travel by any means to escape to another safe country.
Usually when refugees arrive to the new safe country, they live in camps provided by the UNHCR.
What is it like living in a refugee camp?
~ 10,000 refugees a year
~ 6,000 refugees a year
~ 1,900 refugees a year
~ 1,200 refugees a year
~ 500 refugees a year
~ 750 refugees a year
How does a refugee resettlement agency assist refugees?
The U.S. Refugee Program contracts with Agencies to provide services to all incoming refugees
learn to pay bills
find furniture for the homes
how to care for their homes
English classes
transition children into school
workshops about community resources
learn how to interview and fill out job applications
learn how to keep their job
help American employers understand refugees
Ma La Camp, Thailand
Teach them how to bounce a basketball or throw an American football.
Take some new refugees shopping or to a movie
Help them with their homework!
Home Visit: Invite the world to your home!
A Caring Community
A place to Belong
Freedom to Grow
Working together
How to be a good Neighbor
How to access public transportation
train refugees in valuable job skills
Who is a Refugee?
The term refugee is someone who has been forced to flee country of Nationality as a result of a well founded fear of persecution because of Race, Religion, Nationality, or membership of a particular Social Group or Political Opinion. Due to this well-founded fear, they are unable to return to their country of Nationality. The important part of the definition is that the person has no choice in being a refugee.
An immigrant to another country is someone who chooses to relocate to another country because of economic, educational, or family reasons. The important part of this definition is that the person chooses to leave his or her country of Nationality and move to another country.
And just as if you left your home, they miss their family, friends, house, and town. It is difficult to move to a new country, meet new people, and start your life over again. So, take this time to learn to understand refugees and relate to them better.
How many come to Washington State?
Up to 3000 each year
Spokane is approved for up to 600 new refugees each year.
1. How many refugees are there in the world today?
Of the 59.5 million displaced people in the world today, an estimated 19.5 million are refugees, or 42,500 forced to leaved their homes each day. 51% of the refugees are children less than 18 years of age. Refugees from Syria alone numbers over 4 million in 2015.
2. How many refugees resettle in the U.S. annually?
Up to 85,000 next year
3. What percentage of all refugees are offered resettlement in the US each year?
Less than 1/2 of 1% in any given year
4. How many refugees are resettled in WA State and Spokane each year?
An estimated 3000 each year in WA State
Up to 600 in Spokane (2015 = 489)
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