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Short Refugee crisis
Transcript of Short Refugee crisis
Refugee Resettlement Overview
Definition of a refugee?
World Relief's Mission:
To Empower the local Church to serve the most Vulnerable and see them transformed economically, socially, and spiritually
Mother Child Health
Peace Building Initiatives
Services for Victims of
World Relief Spokane
Micro-Enterprise Development &
Individual Development Accounts
Initial resettlement services = 30 - 90 days
Social Services - DSHS
Trainings to access community resources
English Class registration
Match Grant Program
World Relief's role
Cooperative Agreement with Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
As a resettlement agency we’re required to perform specified core services within a certain number of days after arrival
Government agencies monitor our resettlement service
to insure quality of provision to meet all core service needs
Refugees in the world today?
Refugees resettling in the United States?
Percentage of refugees?
Percentage of refugees resettled by World Relief ?
Who is a Refugee?
The term refugee is someone who has been forced to flee country of Nationality as a result of persecution because of Race, Religion, Nationality, or membership of a particular Social Group or Political Opinion. Due to a well-founded fear, unable to return to their country of Nationality. The important part of the definition is that the person has no choice about being a refugee.
An immigrant 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.
The next step for most refugees is a lengthy wait in a “refugee camp”. The stay in a camp can be a few months to 20 years. Refugees stay in these camps until a new country gives them permission to enter. Some camps are full and some countries do not have camps; refugees fleeing to these areas must find alternate living arrangements.
Due to persecution or fear of persecution, refugees flee their homeland. They may have no time to plan and be able to take only what they can carry. Many times refugees face much danger when leaving their country.
Journey to Freedom
Staff and volunteers take refugees to their new apartment(s). They explain the locks, stove, electricity, and heating system. For some, this is all new! For others, however, this apartment is a huge step down from their previous living conditions.
Finally some refugees receive the good news - another country has accepted them. Refugees borrow the money to pay the cost of transportation. They travel for several days to get to their new host country.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) interviews all refugees and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) interviews those refugees who may be headed to the United States. Only those who can prove they are escaping persecution are eligible to find freedom in a new country.
Down the Road
Refugees learn to adjust to a new culture without losing their own, get jobs, apply for their green cards after 1 year, and may apply for citizenship after 5 years. Many refugees are invaluable assets to their communities.
New arrivals complete an orientation to the U.S. within 24 hours, meet World Relief staff, apply for refugee benefits, social security cards, go to medical appointments, spend time with volunteers who help them to adjust and learn
Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness
Volunteer & Internship Programs
What can I do to help?
The untold story of the Refugee Crisis
1. Pray for a peaceful end to conflicts creating refugees around the world and that world leaders will be compassionate about the plight of refugees fleeing for their lives.
2. Support a Women Who Stand team
3. Donate Financially. Go to http://worldrelief.org/spokane/donate
4. Sign Up at http://WeWelcomeRefugees.com
5. Provide a Welcome Kit: Visit http://worldreliefspokane.org/donations
7. Advocate: Contact your Senator and Congressional representatives
What can I do?
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 number over 4 million in 2015.
2. How many refugees resettle in the U.S. annually?
Up to 85,000 each year
3. What percentage of all refugees are offered resettlement each year?
In the US in 2015, less than 1/2 of 1%.
4. How many refugees are resettled in Spokane each year?
Up to 700 (FY2016 = 620)
by Mark Kadel, Director, World Relief Spokane
Throughout our history, World Relief has responded to wars, famine, flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes and deadly epidemics. Whether it’s providing winter clothes for refugees fleeing war in cold climates, medical supplies to help those fighting the spread of massively fatal disease or food for survivors of famine, World Relief empowers survivors with tangible support.
Health & Child Development
Many diseases are fully preventable and treatable. But prevention and treatment must be accessible to each person. World Relief’s health and child development programs work to ensure this happens. Our programs holistically address the health and well being needs of adults and children.
For 1.6 billion people in the world today, a lack of financial resources means that men, women and children don’t have access to basic necessities like food, clean water and adequate healthcare. Empowering the most vulnerable to realize their economic potential, World Relief and local church partners teach volunteers financial and agricultural methods that benefit not only individuals, but also entire communities. Through simple savings techniques, small loans and successful agriculture production, vulnerable people around the world are breaking free from the chains of poverty.
World Relief coordinates and maintains a number of initiatives and partnerships to help foster peace in dangerous conflict zones, with programs currently active in DR Congo, the Middle East, Sudan, South Sudan and Pakistan. World Relief works through local churches and faith-based organizations to establish foundations of harmony in communities, empower refugees and incorporate women into peace-building discussions.
6. Volunteer! Visit http://worldreliefspokane.org/volunteer