Integration of resettled refugees

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Belonging: The Resettlement Experiences of Hmong Refugees in Texas and Germany Faith Nibbs Germany
Integration is a process Finnish Red Cross Finland
Refugee Resettlement in France Factsheet Forum Réfugiés-Cosi France
Reframing Refugees Fostering Community Engagement and Welcoming Communities Project which is supported by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR/ACF/DHHS)
Faciliter l’accès à l’emploi des réfugiés réinstallés France Terre d'Asile France
Accès à l’enseignement supérieur : qu’en est-il des réfugiés réinstallés ? France Terre D'Asile France
Etude Biennale - Les acquis du projet européen 'Réseau pour l'Intégration des Réinstallés' France Terre d'Asile France
Country Chapters - AUSTRALIA - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Australia - UNHCR
Country Chapters - CANADA - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of CANADA - UNHCR
Country Chapters - CZECH REPUBLIC - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Czech Republic - UNHCR Czech Republic
Country Chapters - DENMARK - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Denmark - UNHCR Denmark
Country Chapters - FINLAND - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Finland - UNHCR Finland
Country Chapters - GERMANY- UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Germany - UNHCR Germany
Country Chapters - ICELAND - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Iceland - UNHCR Iceland
Country Chapters - IRELAND - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Ireland - UNHCR Ireland
Country Chapters - NETHERLANDS - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Netherlands - UNHCR Netherlands
Country Chapters - NEW ZEALAND - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of New Zealand - UNHCR
Country Chapters - NORWAY - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Norway - UNHCR Norway
Country Chapters - PORTUGAL - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Portugal - UNHCR Portugal
Country Chapters - ROMANIA - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Romania - UNHCR Romania
Country Chapters - SWEDEN - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of Sweden - UNHCR Sweden
Country Chapters - UNITED KINGDOM - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of the United Kingdom - UNHCR UK
Country Chapters - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - UNHCR Resettlement Handbook Government of United States of America - UNHCR
Policies and practices in the health-related reception of quota refugees in Denmark, Danish Medical Journal 59/1 Hanne W. Frederiksen, Allan Krasnik & Marie Nørredam Denmark
Clarifying UNHCR Resettlement: A few considerations from a legal perspective Haruno Nakashiba

Moving to Mars - a million miles from Burma

Moving to Mars follows two refugee families from Burma over the course of a year that will change their lives completely. Forced from their homeland by the repressive military junta, they have lived in a Thai refugee camp for many years. A resettlement scheme offers them the chance of a new life, but their new home, in the British city of Sheffield, will be different to everything they have ever known.

With intimate access, this feature-length documentary from Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) depicts the families' moving and sometimes humorous struggles with 21st century Britain. Their stories give us a unique insight into the experiences of displaced people throughout the UK, whilst showing the human consequences of Burma's political unrest.

Congolese Refugees in the United States

This 33-minute video includes interviews with refugees and community leaders from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and refugee service providers, speaking about the resettlement experiences of newly-arrived and previously resettled refugees from the DRC. Topics addressed include employment opportunities, experience learning English in the United States, education for children and adults, inter-ethnic co-existence, family adjustment, emotional health, and other matters that affect the refugees’ daily lives. 

Reframing Refugees

Many Americans recognize that refugees are able to come to this country legally to escape persecution in their home countries, which generates a level of sympathy that is not always extended to other immigrants. Yet, this very sympathy based on the challenges refugees face can also form a barrier to a better understanding of the strengths refugees bring and the positive economic and cultural contributions refugees make to our nation and its communities.

Recognizing this challenge, Welcoming America, with the support of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, is working with organizations and communities across the nation to help Americans deepen their understanding of refugees. Through this effort, we seek to shift people’s perception of refugees by defining them less by their struggles and more by their triumphs.

These kinds of shifts are best accomplished through what communicators call “reframing.” In this toolkit, we explain this concept generally and specifically as it applies to the work at hand. By changing the frame, you can change the conversation, and by changing the conversation you get to tell new stories that enable people to understand things in new ways.
This toolkit is intended as a communications resource for individuals working in organizations that serve refugees and the broader community. Such organizations have ample opportunity to do this work well, because they have true and powerful stories to tell. With this toolkit, we aim to give you the tools, tips and resources you need to tell these stories to “Reframe Refugees.”

The Labour Market Integration of Resettled Refugees

This literature review aims to synthesise what is currently known about labour market integration of resettled refugees. One aspect, widely acknowledged in the literature, is that a ‘refugee gap’ appears when comparing resettled refugees to other immigrants in terms of labour market integration. Analyses in multiple countries have shown that resettled refugees perform worse in measures of labour market integration compared to other immigrants and individuals in the short-term, even when controlling for differences in demographics such as age, education level, and level of host country language acquisition. 

10,000 refugees from Iraq: A report on joint resettlement in the European Union


Violence has forced millions of Iraqi children, women and men to flee their homes and seek refuge both inside and beyond their country’s borders. In light of the challenges preventing refugees from returning to Iraq and of the obstacles to local integration in host countries like Jordan and Syria, for many of the most vulnerable refugees, resettlement in a new country is the only durable solution. With this report, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) want to find out how far EU Member States have come to meet the pledge of resettling up to 10 000 refugees from Iraq, as expressed in the joint EU call of November 2008, and to document what can be considered as a first experience of joint  resettlement in the European Union.

After the Iraqi refugee crisis erupted in 2006, a coordinated EU response was slow to build up and initially relied on the generosity of eight countries with established resettlement programmes. These countries offered some 3 300 places for Iraqi refugees between 2007 and 2008. Under the leadership of Member States like France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, and with the support of the European Commission, the EU response was energised by the November 2008 Council Conclusions and by the decision of a number of countries to establish ad hoc resettlement quotas. As a result, in 2009 alone, twelve EU countries were able to offer over 5 100 resettlement places, thereby bringing the number of resettled refugees from Iraq since 2007 to just over 8 400, and showing that EU countries are able to make a difference by acting together. At the same time, although the joint effort for Iraqi refugees clearly contributed to an increase in resettlement places available for refugees in the EU, with the global increase in resettlement between 2007 and 2009, the relative contribution of the EU has remained unchanged.

The report also describes how resettlement of Iraqis has been carried out in each of the countries involved and makes recommendations to guide further steps by both the EU, as it develops its first Joint EU Resettlement Programme, and the Member States. The November 2008 pledge to resettle up to 10 000 refugees from Iraq has not yet been met and it is not clear how and when this will happen. The question is how much more are the EU and its Member States prepared to do to address the continuing needs of Iraqi and other refugees in need of durable solutions.

Increasing Congolese Refugee Arrivals: Insights for Preparation

With the number of Congolese arrivals to the USRAP expected to increase, RCUSA members seek to  work with ORR, PRM and other stakeholders to ensure sufficient resources for the integration of  Congolese arrivals. This paper presents an analysis of data from both overseas and domestic service  providers, including survey responses by 43 local resettlement agencies (RAs) that have recently  resettled Congolese refugees.