ERIC Number: ED273688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Adaptation and Integration of Recent Refugees to the United States.
Forbes, Susan S.
This booklet is an overview report on refugee integration and adaptation in the United States. The introduction discusses briefly the Refugee Act of 1980, and is followed by three sections of text. The first part summarizes information on the extent of refugee economic and social adjustment and analyzes factors that have facilitated and impeded refugee adjustment. This section includes information on patterns and types of employment, as well as factors which influence employment, such as household size and composition, public assistance policies, sponsorship, training programs, employment services, and economic conditions. English language proficiency and training are considered, along with the development of ethnic communities. The second section examines residency patterns and the impact of refugees on the communities they settle in. Issues of housing, State and local costs, Federal revenues expended, tax payments by refugees, and the impact on the labor market are discussed. The final section deals with the policy implications of the refugee situation. In conclusion, it is found that on the whole refugees are moving towards economic self-sufficiency and increasing their English proficiency, and that refugee organizations are growing to meet the needs of their clients. (CG)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Economic Factors, Employment Patterns, English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, Federal Programs, Immigrants, Job Training, Labor Market, Land Settlement, Policy Formation, Public Agencies, Refugees
Refugee Policy Group, 1424 16th St., N.W., Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Corp., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Refugee Policy Group, Washington, DC.