A Needs and Readiness Assessment of the United States Refugee Resettlement Program

Focus on Syrian Asylum-Seekers and Refugees

Damir Utržan, Elizabeth Wieling, Timothy F Piehler

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Abstract

People fleeing from violence and persecution around the world view the United States (US) as a safe haven. But recent socio political instability and growing anti-refugee sentiment, in light of an unprecedented global humanitarian crisis, challenge this longstanding view. To better understand the current socio political climate, this study evaluated the US Refugee Resettlement Program (USRP) by focusing on Syrian asylum-seekers and refugees. Participants consisted of 71 resettlement organization leaders (e.g., chief operating officer and director of refugee services) who, between 2013 and 2016, collectively resettled 76 per cent of all refugees and 44 per cent of Syrians to the US. Reasons for current challenges are explored while strengths are emphasized and future directions offered, along with relevant policy and clinical implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-144
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Migration
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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A Needs and Readiness Assessment of the United States Refugee Resettlement Program : Focus on Syrian Asylum-Seekers and Refugees. / Utržan, Damir; Wieling, Elizabeth; Piehler, Timothy F.

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