Refugees

Update from Ryan

At each community meeting, we divided into small groups and asked a series of questions about culture, business, community spaces, and other things. One question was about how refugees earned income back home. Here’s how they responded.

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Opting Out

Last week, the governor of Texas opted out of the refugee resettlement program, making Texas the only state to do so.

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Community Liaisons

As we seek to amplify the quieted voices of the displaced, we must learn whose voices speak with authority.

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Resettlement Timeline

In the previous post, I talked about the refugee resettlement—how it’s the least-preferred of several options. Today, I outline the rough timeline refugees face during their first five years in the USA. At the end, I mention how we can help refugees through relational language exposure.   Timeline When a refugee has been assigned to…

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Resettlement: the least-preferred option

US Refugee Resettlement Journey

The refugee journey is long and winding. In the previous post, it was mentioned that 50% of refugees have been displaced from their homes for over 10 years. Refugee camps and urban centers around the world are overflowing with people who were displaced decades before. They’ve birthed their children in those tents. Then, after 3 or…

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What’s in a name? Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigrants

A decade ago, the name “refugee” was not a dinner table word. In fact, when refugee service workers would explain their job titles to the uninitiated, people would frequently require definitions: “What is a refugee?” was a common question. Since 2001, and especially since 2015, the word “refugee” has become a buzzword that stirs anger,…

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