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ERIC Number: ED233095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Challenge of Sponsorship.
Li, Gertraude Roth
This paper provides general information on how to sponsor refugees who wish to relocate in the United States. The two primary goals of sponsorship are defined as giving the refugees freedom and leading them to self-sufficiency. It is suggested that, if the sponsoring family does not know the language of the refugees, one member of the family being sponsored should be literate. In addition, a bilingual dictionary should also be available in order to facilitate communication. It is also recommended that sponsors acquaint themselves with the history, culture, politics, and the circumstances leading to the displacement of the refugees from their countries. Due to cultural differences, it is explained, some refugees put their sponsors in a paternal/maternal role situation in which a suggestion can be misinterpreted as a command; this attitude, however, should not be perceived as weakness on the part of the refugee. Mutual respect for the feelings of each party is stressed as being essential for a good sponsor-refugee relationship. In helping refugees to find work, sponsors are called upon to emphasize the American work ethic as well as the idea that welfare or other public assistance should be viewed only as a temporary measure. Finally, it is recommended that sponsors be aware of and address cultural differences that may affect the adjustment of refugees from other countries. (AOS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Relief Corp., Nyack, NY.