For World Refugee Day, New Report Shows
WASHINGTON -- Almost 2.4 million refugees and asylees from at least 115 countries entered the United States between 1980 and 2006. Despite the refugee admissions ceiling being 70 percent lower (at 70,000 people) than when it was first introduced 27 years ago, the United States continues to resettle more refugees overall than any other country. A new study released in advance of World Refugee Day on June 20 by the Migration Policy Institute and the International Rescue Committee examines how organizations founded by refugees are helping others who have escaped violence and persecution abroad adjust to life in the United States.
In “Bridging Divides: The Role of Ethnic Community-Based Organizations in Refugee Integration,”
The authors profile organizations in cities including: New York (boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens); Raleigh and Greensboro, NC; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; Nashville, TN; Lowell, MA; and Chicago, IL.
“Think of how helpful it is for newly arrived refugees to work with other people who speak their language, understand their culture, and have had the experience of being refugees themselves,” said
The report also addresses the challenges facing ECBOs in providing services, and presents recommendations and organizational development strategies. It suggests how other types of organizations can bolster and enhance the efforts of ECBOs to integrate refugees into the United States.
The authors include an overview of the current US refugee system, including information on the countries with the highest number of refugees in the United States, and states that resettle the majority of refugees. They also examine factors of how well refugees are integrating in the
The Migration Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.
MPI and the International Rescue Committee partnered on this study as part of a grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement for the IRC’s Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees (SOAR) project, which provides technical assistance to organizations founded by refugees, enhancing their capacity to serve their beneficiaries.
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