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Refugee Students: Who Are They and How Do We Deal With Them?

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Chelsey MacDougall

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Refugee Students

Chelsey MacDougall
Lit 507-920
April 28, 2010
refugee: n; any person unable or unwilling
to return to his or her country because
of persecution or a well-founded fear of
persecution on account of race, religion,
nationality, membership in a particular social
group, or political opinion (Kanstroom, 2003)
Refugee Camps
Range from 300 to 25,000 people
Located in over 150 countries
As of 2006, there were an estimated 12 million refugees in the world. Only 1% have a chance of resettlement. The other 99% remain in refugee camps(Nshombo, 2009). Democratic Republic of Congo. Somalia Vietnam Life in the Camps Harsh conditions
Like a prison
Whole families survive on as little as $10 a month! Hardly any possessions
Education "Beside sitting in shade playing games,
discussing and sleeping, there is nothing else most
refugees gain at the end of the day."(Nshombo, 2009)
Refugees include the person
chosen to be resettled along
with their spouse or unmarried
children under the age of 21. Refugee Act of 1980 Brought US to comply with refugees In the late 20th century,over 100,000 refugees were granted admission into the United States.
After residing in the United States for one year, they may apply for lawful permanent residence. "Where refugees are settled in the United States is decided by 10 national organizations called “voluntary agencies” that work with the State Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to Sanja Bebic, the director of the Center for Applied Linguistics’ Cultural Orientation Resource Center"(Zehr,2008).
Refugees in the United States In 2009 out of the allowed 80,000,
74,652 refugees entered into the US. Iraq: 18,833
Burma: 18,202 So far in 2010... http://www.cal.org/co/refugee/statistics/index.html Top 5 Entering Refugee Populations of 2010 1. Iraq 6,959
2. Bhutan 5,373
3. Burma 6,369
4. Cuba 1,917
5. Somalia 1,678 Refugees in New York State (US Refugee, 2010) 3,632 refugees settled in NYS in 2008. 87% in Upstate NY
Only 13% in New York City Approximately 700 refugees come to Central New York each year. Only 200 are employable adults. Refugee Center to the rescue! Works with:
Catholic charities
InterReligious Council of CNY
Syracuse Jewish Federation Offer courses in job
instruction and English. Syracuse City School District Principal Sharon Birnkrant says: Children enter schools
and are required to take state
assessments after only a year! "What you end up with is a failing school, and in this case, I am proud to be the principal of a failing school" (Sieh,2008). 4 of every 10 students
at H.W. Smith Elementary are ELLs. Refugee Students Pre-literate Pre-technological Some have never been out of camps. Refugee Parents English? Job? Normalcy? Getting Established WE CAN HELP! HOW? TEACHERS CAN
DIFFERENCE Have high expectations set rules model good behavior challenge them be a mentor watch out for signs of stress -This website was created for refugee awareness. It contains a map that shows where refugee camps are located around the globe. This picture was borrowed from http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.everyculture.com/images/ctc_01_img0264.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.everyculture.com/Bo-Co/Democratic-Republic-of-the-Congo.html&usg=__83CZ8X2YHsuN_dv_20Ss56vD70c=&h=288&w=486&sz=31&hl=en&start=19&itbs=1&tbnid=NXLYY8eI_yXUvM:&tbnh=76&tbnw=129&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddemocratic%2Brepublic%2Bof%2Bcongo%2Brefugee%2Bcamps%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1 This picture was borrowed from http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thegrio.com/assets_c/2009/09/somolia-thumb-400xauto-4032.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thegrio.com/top-stories/somali-refugee-camps-are-barely-fit-for-humans.php&usg=__ZzuPkR9WH8w5JeGNmp1K4VuHaK4=&h=299&w=400&sz=42&hl=en&start=52&itbs=1&tbnid=W8ZcMBlMMMcvfM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3Drefugee%2Bcamps%2Bin%2Bthe%2Bworld%26start%3D40%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1 This picture was borrowed from http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.naa.gov.au/Images/refugee-camp-700_tcm2-16281.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.naa.gov.au/whats-on/online/showcases/by-year/1978/refugee-camp.aspx&usg=__UDPMj0BQ1Zqw2lo-sWZ1zlv7FO4=&h=560&w=700&sz=76&hl=en&start=1&itbs=1&tbnid=JLkoz_YUv7JE0M:&tbnh=112&tbnw=140&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvietnamese%2Brefugee%2Bcamps%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1 (Office,2010) Coming to Central New York (Duffett,2005) (Duffett,2005)
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