Journey of a refugee

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Who is a Refugee?

According to the 1951 Convention, the key legal document that defines who a refugee is.  Article 1 of this document defines refugee as someone who has fled his or her country “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.”


There are currently some 43 million uprooted victims of conflict and persecution worldwide. More than 15 million of them are refugees who have fled their countries, while another 27 million are people who remain displaced by conflict inside their own homelands — so-called “internally displaced people”.


The Refugees that we serve all face loss of their home, their livelihood, their community. Regardless of whether they have crossed a border or not, they deserve help. And with internally displaced people today outnumbering refugees by nearly two to one, the needs are greater than ever.


Resettlement

 -Refugee is sent to a third country to be resettled. Less than 1% of refugees are given this option.


Resettlement Process

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE MIGRATION PROCESSING

Refugee is interviewed by US Department of Homeland Security officials to determine if he or she is eligible for resettlement. Once he or she is approved, the resettlement and placement process begins:


1.ALLOCATED TO A VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR RESETTLEMNT

2. ALLOCATED TO RESETTLEMENT SITE

 -Refugee is assigned to a specific agency in a US

3. REFUGEE NOTIFIED OF U.S. RESETTLEMENT SITE

Refugee prepares to enter last stage of processing before arrival in US: medical examination, processing, other clearance checks. If there are medical complications, they are put on medical hold.


Refugee Arriving at Airport

Preparation and Arrival

1. PROCESSING COMPLETE

  -Flight Booked. Resettlement agency notified of the date of arrival, usually 1-2 weeks in advance.

2. RESETTLEMENT AGENCY PREPARES FOR ARRIVAL

  -Caseworker and volunteers assigned to the case; arrangements made for housing, furniture, and food.

3. REFUGEE ARRIVES IN U.S. RESETTLEMENT AGENCY IN THE US.

Caseworkers and/or sponsor family meet the refugee or family at the airport and take them to their new home.  This is where agencies like Rockhaven Ministries Inc, begin the process of providing the very basic day to day assistance.