Refugees were the topic of the APA January 2018 meeting. Unfortunately, the current administration is taking actions that may dramatically undermine the successful processes described below (see HERE).
OVERVIEW OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
Three agencies are involved in the refugee resettlement process.
1. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approves refugees for admission to the United States.
2. The U.Sl State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is responsible for processing refugees overseas. Once refugees are processed and arrive in the United States, PRM partially funds services to meet their immediate needs.
3. The PRM enters into cooperative agreements with national voluntary agencies under its Reception and Placement Program to provide funding that helps refugees settle into their respective communities during their initial 30 to 90 days and covers housing, food, clothing, and other necessities.
Each local affiliate receives $1,850 per refugee to provide these services. Participating organizations are expected to combine PRM’s financial assistance with existing and projected private resources for the provision of reception and placement services. The figure above illustrates the general path of refugee resettlement in the United States.
HOW COLORADO PARTICIPATES
Colorado is involved with refugee support through the Colorado Office of Economic Security
The Colorado Office of Economic Security provides Colorado Refugee Core Services as refugees are welcomed into their new homes by resettlement agencies and volunteers.
Additional core services and "village support" services are provided in the community to help refugees rebuild their lives and employee their skill in new careers.
Additional village support combines of holistic services from employers, churches, schools, and other public and private resources.
These core and village support services create opportunity for refugees to continue on the path to citizenship and to contribute to their local communities.
WHAT HAPPENS TO REFUGEES WHO SETTLE IN COLORADO?
Additional information about where refugees come from, where they settle, and how well they succeed was also presented. A five year report The Refugee Integration Survey and Evaluation (RISE) published in 2016 provides a comprehensive overview of refugee integration in Colorado. It is available HERE.