'Different groups, different approaches' - working with specific refugee groups

OBJECTIVE

Resettled refugees come from a vast range of different backgrounds, countries and refugee situations.  In many resettlement countries, services for resettled refugees are provided within a standardized framework.  This workshop will explore how integration support can be adapted to meet the needs and aspirations of specific refugee groups and address their special needs.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SESSION

  • Reflections on the skills, needs and adaptation abilities of refugees resettled from camp and urban backgrounds
  • Discussion of managing the expectations refugees have about their resettlement, and how the nature of these expectations differs depending on the attributes and experiences of specific groups – including education, employment background, family
  • Case study of Karen refugees from Burma and the expertise those working in pre-departure cultural orientation
  • Reflections on the value of volunteers for integration support – volunteers are highly flexible in what they do and so can more easily adapt to the needs of particular groups than often highly structured official integration/introduction support programmes can. They therefore constitute an essential, complementary resource for official integration programmes.

PRESENTATION

Burmese group integration needs - Beam Teasdale, IOM Thailand [download]