ERIC Number: ED241636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Making It on Their Own: From Refugee Sponsorship to Self-Sufficiency.
Church World Service, New York, NY.
In 1983, a survey was conducted by the Church World Service (CWS) Immigration and Refugee Program to determine how well refugees recently resettled through this organization were adjusting to this country and the extent of their sponsors' contribution to the resettlement effort. A total of 1,666 sponsors and 523 refugees returned the questionnaire. Results indicated that (1) over a reasonable period of time, most refugees were finding jobs; (2) refugees' use of public assistance is significantly lower than is commonly believed; (3) over time, most refugees are achieving self-sufficiency; and (4) CWS sponsors and congregations have contributed an estimated $133 million in cash, goods and services, and time over the past three-and-a-half years. In addition to discussing these findings and presenting recommendations for improving resettlement procedures, this report contains extensive statistical information on refugee employment, economic indicators, English proficiency, use of public assistance, secondary migration, and contributions by sponsors and congregations. Appendices present demographic characteristics of the refugees, survey methodology, and comments by refugees and sponsors. (CJM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Church World Service, New York, NY.