ERIC Number: ED223733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Indochinese Refugees in America: Profiles of Five Communities. A Case Study. Executive Seminar in National and International Affairs (22nd).
Gim, Wever; Litwin, Tybel
Five case studies describe experiences in the resettlement of Indochinese refugees in Albuquerque, New Mexico; San Diego, California; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Des Moines, Iowa. The case studies focus on local government and community attitudes toward the refugees; patterns of resettlement; and the nature and extent of health, housing, welfare, employment, and educational services that have been made available to them. It is suggested that there is a wide disparity among the states in their receptivity to the refugees, their management of the resettlement process, and their administration of public assistance. However, it is indicated that there is general resentment of the refugees among other low income groups competing for jobs and housing, and that community attitudes toward the refugees are likely to become less hospitable as competition for reduced Federal funding sharpens. Observing that Indochinese refugee resettlement is widely seen as the Federal government's responsibility, the report emphasizes that Federal policies and funds alone cannot assure successful programs, and that the keys to success in refugee resettlement lie in community education, community-private sector cooperation in refugee employment, and other initiatives at the local level. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Attitudes, Community Role, Educational Needs, Employment Opportunities, English (Second Language), Ethnic Discrimination, Federal Programs, Government Role, Health Services, Housing Opportunities, Indochinese, Land Settlement, Public Policy, Refugees, Relocation, Social Services
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Service (Dept. of State), Washington, DC. Foreign Service Inst.
Identifiers: California (San Diego); Iowa (Des Moines); Michigan (Grand Rapids); Minnesota (Minneapolis); Minnesota (Saint Paul); New Mexico (Albuquerque)