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Refugee Resettlement in America

Each year Americans welcome refugees to the U.S. Whether refugees come from Nepal, Sudan, Iraq, Burma, Somalia or another part of the world, all refugees share a similar journey. Refugees, differ from other immigrants, in that they do not have the choice to remain in their home country. Refugees flee their country to save their lives. They run from war and persecution, often losing or leaving behind beloved family members along the way.

Many refugees then spend years and sometimes decades in substandard refugee camps. Less than 1% of all refugees get the chance to leave a camp and resettle in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Australia, or another country which resettles refugees.

It is the responsibility of the US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Migration & Refugees (PRM) to oversee America’s support of refugees overseas as well as the selection and transportation of refugees to the US, and their assignment to a local community for resettlement.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is one of 11 national Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGS) that contract with the PRM to resettle refugees. USCRI members are dispersed across the U.S. from Miami to Boise with programs in large cities like New York and Los Angeles, midsize metropolitan areas like St. Louis, and small towns like Bowling Green, Kentucky and Erie, Pennsylvania. The International Institute of St. Louis belongs to the USCRI network with 30+ other agencies and field offices throughout the United States.

Click here to learn more about the U.S. refugee pipeline, including an extensive discussion about how refugees are admitted to the U.S., how they are chosen to be sent to different communities and about the services that sponsoring agencies are required to provide in the first 30 days after a refugee’s arrival in the host community.



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