Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Journey to Resettlement: Refugee Experiences in Countries of Asylum

As follow-up from today's webinar, please feel free to continue the discussion below!

If you encounter refugee families and children in your community, you may wonder what their lives were like just prior to arriving in the United States. What is it like to go to school in a refugee camp? How do urban refugees find work or medical care? What does the typical daily routine look like? Refugee resettlement is often a long process, and is a unique experience of hardship, triumph and hope. Learn about these experiences from two former refugees, Paw Ku from Burma and Suhad Khudhair from Iraq, as they give us a glimpse into their stories of migration. 

11 comments:

  1. Can you share the video that was shown during today's presentation?

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    1. Of course, here is the link to IRC's video "Rescue Facts: Where Do Refugees Live?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wboXMROiKrs&feature=youtu.be

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  2. How realistic is the projection of increased refugees in 2018 given the current U.S. federal policy?

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  3. I tend to think that some of the animosity and discrimination directed towards refugee populations stems from host populations feeling marginalized themselves. Where refugees appear to have preferential treatment. Please give some examples where resettlement of refugees has been accompanied by development of host communities in order to bridge that apparent gap.

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  4. With reference to the URM Program, please give some information on strategies to combat mental and physical health challenges.

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  5. If there is anything the Burmese Community wants a resettlement agency to know for new refugees here in US, what would it be?

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  6. Can Paw talk more about what it was like when she first came to the US? Were there any inadequacies of support?

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    1. Hi there- you may be interested in looking at the integration barriers (causes and solutions) refugee youth (Paw included) put together during the 2016 Refugee Youth Consultations! http://brycs.org/publications/upload/RYC-Trees-Flow-Chart.pdf

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  7. Catholic Charities-ChicagoSeptember 6, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    In your opinion, do you think adult education in refugee camp is effective in terms of helping them to have a better transition in the USA? What is the situation now regarding adult education in the camps? What is UN's involvement in the education system in the camp for refugees?

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  8. What medical services are provided in the camps and how do they have access to it?

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  9. What are people's experiences with learning English? How can we encourage our refugees to get more involved in learning? It seems they work so hard at certain occupations (here mainly meat packing) that they have no time or little incentives to take on learning English!

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