ERIC Number: ED402361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Welcome to the United States. A Guidebook for Refugees. First Edition.
Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Refugee Service Center.
This guidebook provides refugees being resettled in the United States with general information about what they will encounter and the services they can receive in their first months in the country. Available in several languages, the book is distributed to overseas processing agencies and refugees overseas who have been approved for U.S. admission. It is also distributed to service providers. Refugees are advised that most Americans value self-reliance and individual responsibility, but that in general people respect those who ask questions about the new culture they are entering. All refugees are assigned to a relocation agency as they enter the country, and housing is made available for the first month. The following topics are addressed: (1) pre-arrival processing; (2) the role of the resettlement agency; (3) community services; (4) housing; (5) transportation; (6) employment; (7) education; (8) health; (9) managing your money; (10) rights and responsibilities of refugees; and (11) cultural adjustment. Among the topics discussed is that of the American educational system, both for children and for adults. A general outline of the public school system includes a discussion of the American tradition of public participation in education. A map of the United States is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adult Education, Civil Rights, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigrants, Immigration, Language Proficiency, Refugees, Relocation, Social Services
Refugee Service Center, Center for Applied Linguistics, 1118-22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037; phone: (202) 429-9292; fax: (202) 659-5641 (English and other language versions).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of State, Washington, DC. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Refugee Service Center.
Note: Replaces an earlier publication "A Guide to Resettlement in the United States," see ED 289 369.