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Refugee Resettlement in the United States: An Evaluation of National and Local Employment-Based Strategies

Presentation of senior research project, May 4, 2010.
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Elizabeth Kohlway

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Refugee Resettlement in the United States: An Evaluation of National and Local Employment-Based Strategies

Refugee Resettlement
in United States An Evaluation of National and Local Employment-Based Strategies Public-Private Partnership 1. Actors...................................................................................................... Green = Main resettlement destinations
Pink = Less popular destinations
Yellow = Destinations since 2007 or potential locations 2. Factors............................................................................................. 4. New Strategies.................................................................................... 3. A Case Study..................................................................................... By Elizabeth Kohlway The End.................................Thanks for Coming! ................................................................................................................. What's the Difference? Refugees Internally Displaced People Asylees Immigrants Refugee Resettlement Baltimore City Pre-Employment
Programs Modern Mapping Techniques Public Information Campaign Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGs) provide refugees with:

English language classes
Pre-employment training
Access to health services
Cash assistance
Essentially, they are cultural brokers Refugee Networks... promote innovative tactics like ethnic enclaves and offer refugees career advice and emotional support Chinatown, NYC Individual characteristics High expectations Resettlement location Refugee Act of 1980 "People fear what they do not understand"
~Pat Hatch, MORA Program Manager
Background, culture, family support Economic conditions A Volunteer/Internship Program Established the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Created a ceiling for the number of refugees permitted to resettle Chinatown, NYC "...refugees are not out of place; their place is defined by the particularity of their social interactions that intersect at the specific location where they are present."
- Catherine Brun Non-profit organizations offer refugees a chance to improve language and employment skills while simultaneously helping other segments of society

Public institutions are safe environments where refugees can both work and learn
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