Reception of resettled refugees

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HAAPA, Finnish for aspen tree, is a project that enhances the placement of highly vulnerable resettled refugees in local municipalities. The project supports the work of local municipalities by granting them funding (from ERF) to facilitate the reception of vulnerable refugees and to develop special services directed to them in the areas of health, psychosocial and educational support. There is one HAAPA coordinator and one secretary who work at the Ministry and with the municipalities.

What a refugee's first night in America is like

Checking in at the Refugee Hotel

For thousands, every year, their first stop in America is one of the motels surrounding New York, Newark, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles – the five official US ports of entry for approved asylum seekers. The “Refugee Hotels” as they have become known.

That’s thousands of stories, every day of every year. Some of them have been captured for posterity by an amazing lensman, Gabriele Stabile, who works closely with IOM and appears in the short film about his Refugee Hotel project

The Gateway Protection Programme - Good Practice Guide

This report shows how a Gateway Protection Programme (GPP) can work and examines the fundamental principles behind such a scheme. It is based on the GPP experiences of Refugee Action and the Refugee Council in the UK, and draws on their long history of providing high quality services to refugees. This is a flexible model that can be applied to all clients, irrespective of their country of origin or where they now live in the UK. However, this is not a blueprint for all services because every individual and every region will have very different needs. This document, illustrated with case studies, describes an approach and a way of working to show how a GPP service can be established that effectively aids integration. The report does not cover the employment, education, housing or health services required by GPP clients. Much of this is covered already in other good practice documents describing services for refugees. And, it does not detail clients’ experiences prior to their arrival in the UK, or what happens to them after the one-year period of support ends. Instead, it focuses on the 12-month support programme within the settlement region. Section 1 draws from the Home Office publication, Indicators of Integration, to establish outcomes appropriate to the Gateway Protection Programme. Section 2 explains key service principles to inform the design of a service to achieve the outcomes. Section 3 describes the elements of a service that are needed to achieve the desired outcomes and is based on the principles identified in section 2. Section 4 identifies key features of the approach to human resources needed to make the service operational. Section 5 explores the monitoring and evaluation framework required to measure
whether the service is meeting the intended outcomes. The Appendices are resources from existing Gateway Protection Programmes to
illustrate the previous sections.

Centralised Reception Centre: sharing facilities with the local community - Portuguese Refugee Council (CPR)

The Portuguese Refugee Council’s receptioncentre can accommodate up to 42 asylum seekers,resettled refugees and unaccompanied minorsfor a maximum of six months. Residents are provided with shared rooms and bathrooms,with separate areas for men, women, families and unaccompanied minors plus one roomadapted for disabled access. For the first five days residents receive their meals in a nearby restaurant. After this they receive a weekly allowance of €40 and are able to buy and cook for themselves in the shared kitchen.

Refugee Backgrounder No. 2: The 1972 Burundians

The United States has agreed to resettle a group of Burundian refugees who have lived in Tanzanian refugee camps since 1972. The refugees, who are not able to return safely to their homes in Burundi or settle permanently in Tanzania, were referred to the United States for resettlement consideration by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Known as the “1972 Burundians,” the group resides in three different refugee camps in Tanzania: Ngara in the north, Kibondo in the country’s central region, and Kasulu in the south.

During FY 2007, the United States will resettle 2,000 to 3,000 of the refugees. An additional 4,000 to 5,000 will be resettled during FY 2008 and FY 2009.

Who are the 1972 Burundians? Why are they being resettled in the United States? What are their cultural customs and background characteristics? What will their resettlement needs be?


Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Over the next 5 years, the United States expects to resettle tens of thousands of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), scene of some of the world’s worst violence and human rights abuses in recent years. The refugees are part of a population of more than 3 million Congolese refugees and internally displaced persons forced by war and unrest to flee their homes. The refugees, mostly ethnic minorities from eastern DRC, will be resettled out of neighboring first-asylum countries, where conditions are difficult and often unsafe. In the United States, the refugees will be joining more than 10,000 Congolese who have been resettled since 2001.

This backgrounder provides U.S. resettlement communities with basic information about the new refugee arrivals. It looks at the causes of the refugee crisis, life in the DRC and countries of first asylum, the basic background characteristics of the refugees, and their resettlement experiences in the United States. The backgrounder also notes the strengths incoming Congolese refugees bring and the challenges they may face upon resettlement.

The Lost Boys of Sudan - part 2

The Lost Boys, part two

March 31, 2013 12:21 PM

Bob Simon first met the Lost Boys in a Kenyan refugee camp in 2001 after they had fled civil war in the Sudan. Some of the young men were relocated to the U.S. -- how are they doing now?

Presentation Ceremony for the Adult Refugee Programme - 2012

This book is a celebration of the work done by the Adult Rrefugee Programme (ARP) students over the year 2011/2012. The aim of this programme is to assist as much as possible resettled refugees and other refugees in a process of integration into Irish society. The booklet recounts the story of this learning journey over the year 2011/2012 and contains photographs, stories, articles and quotes from the students.

Adult Refugee Programme - Yearbook 2010/2011

National Adult Refugee Programme

The Adult Refugee Programme  is open to all those with refugee status. This is interpreted as being in possession of a valid Green Card with a stamp 4. Participation in the Programme is available for a period of up to 6 months, 20 hours per week. This does not necessarily have to be continuous and in very general terms translates to approximately 460 hours for each Programme participant. There are 2 distinct types of classes that are operated; those as part of initial assistance to Programme Refugees resettled in Ireland (programme is available for 1 year) and those in areas identified with a significant population of refugees.

The purpose of the Programme is to assist as best possible in a process of integration into Irish society and at all times during the Programme participants must be actively seeking employment. The Programme offers assistance in 3 ways:

  • up-skilling English language ability,
  • assistance in accessing the work/study place and,
  • through social activities, an increase in the understanding of both the culture and the general characteristics of Ireland.

The programme runs short-term, part-time courses for refugees, courses specifically designed to better enable participants to effectively integrate into Irish society, both from a language and from a social and cultural perspective.

The programme also delivers an intensive induction course to newly arriving Programme Refugees in partnership with the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality. This 6 week course is completed prior to the refugees moving to their permanent location.