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Thursday, April 17, 2014

  

 

Refugees 101

 

Who are refugees?

Any person who is outside any country of such person's nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 
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Who are asylum seekers?
Asylum seekers are people who are in the US, or at received at a point of entry into the US who cannot or will not return to their country of origin due to fear of persecution. Like refugees, the fear of persecution must be based on the asylee’s race, nationality, political opinions or membership in a particular social group. Asylum seekers undergo the process of legalization while in the US.
Asylee Eligibilty for Resettlement Assistance

National Immigration Forum: Refugees & Asylum 

 

How long have refugees been resettling in Idaho? 

Idaho entered the refugee resettlement arena in 1975 when Governor John Evans established the Indochinese Refugee Assistance Program in response to the need for all states to participate in the resettlement of refugees fleeing the overthrow of U.S. supported governments in Southeast Asia. The Refugee Act of 1980 was passed to set up systems to deal with the increasing number of refugees from Vietnam, and other countries of the world. In Idaho, the process of resettlement became more formalized under this Act.
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Where do refugees come from?

Refugees come to our community from all over the world.

The top five countries of origin for refugees resettled in Idaho in 2011 are Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Congo and Afghanistan.

For a detailed, updated list on recently arrived refugees, CLICK HERE.
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Do refugees choose their resettlement city?

Refugees do not choose their resettlement city. Unless there is a family member they are reunifying with, refugees are subject to the process of resettlement on the national level, and have no choice where they are initially settled. However, they are able to move from their initial resettlement city to another one should they choose to.
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Who works with refugees in Idaho?
Follow this link to find a list of resettlement agencies and information about the English Language Center. CLICK HERE!
  
 
How are refugee service agencies connected in Idaho?
CLICK HERE for an organizational chart
 
  
Where can I find more information on English Language Learners?
The National Center for Family Literacy has many resources on their website including information regarding Culture and English Language Learners, Principles of Adult Learning, Working with Adult Literacy Learners, and Working with Refugee Families. Visit their website: http://www.famlit.org/

 

What services are provided to the resettlement programs?
Idaho Office for Refugees: Core Services & Extended Services

 

How are refugees resettled in the US? 
Read about the security screening process here.
  
How can I learn more about refugees who are coming to Idaho?
Below you will find links to more information about refugees who have resettled in Idaho.
*This list is not intended to be all encompassing, and the information provided on these links are the intellectual property of the organization who produced the materials. 
If you have a resource we should add, please email us by clicking HERE.

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For backgrounders on other cultures, visit CAL's Refugee Backgrounder Webpage.
 

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Local Updates

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April 2014
Boise -  Shift Change: As Bogus Basin approaches the close for the season, refugee workers look for summer jobs

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February 2014
Boise - Grace Uwase - Distinguished Student Award
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Boise - Refugees begin farming season
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Boise - Boise-raised designer hits the N.Y. runway
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January 2014
Twin Falls - First Bhutanese Refugees Become U.S. Citizens
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December 2013
Boise - Refugees find career path at Create Common Good
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Boise - Statesman readers step up to help young refugees
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Boise - Help make sure refugee children don't wake up to empty stockings
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Boise - Santa and ELF (Eternal League of Friends) Share Christmas With Refugees
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November 2013
Boise - Treasure Valley group goes above and beyond to help refugee families
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October 2013
Twin Falls - Students Get Involved in Refugee Community
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September 2013
Boise - 19-year-old North Korean's dangerous journey leads her to Boise State
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Wilder - Dear Immigrants: You’re (officially) Welcome in Wilder, Idaho
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Twin Falls - Another Step Toward Citizenship for Refugee Family
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August 2013
Boise - Amina's Story of Success
 
Boise - Create Common Good helps Boise refugees find jobs - and helps the rest of us eat healthy
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July 2013

Boise - North Korean Refugee to come and study at Boise State
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Twin Falls - Citizen of somewhere: 22-year-old applies for U.S. citizenship
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June 2013
Boise & Twin Falls - World Refugee Day and Magic Valley Refugee Day News Coverage
 
May 2013
Boise - Heart of Treasure Valley: 18-year-old Sudanese refugee hopes her education will help her help Sudan
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Boise - Immigrants: Boise's past and future
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April 2013
Boise - Whitney Elementary celebrates its custodian's U.S. citizenship
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Boise - Exhibition gives local refugees a voice in story cloth form
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