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ERIC Number: ED403351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: 0
Bienvenido a los Estados Unidos. Una Guia para Refugiados (Welcome to the United States. A Guide for Refugees). First Edition.
Economic and Social Research Council, Edinburgh (Scotland). Centre for Educational Sociology.
This guidebook provides Spanish-speaking 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. This is the Spanish version, and is available in several other languages. The book is distributed to overseas processing agencies, refugees overseas who have been approved for U.S. admission, and 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 arrive in the United States, 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 U.S. educational system, both for children and adults. A general outline of the public school system includes a discussion of the U.S. 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, Spanish, Spanish Speaking
Refugee Service Center, Center for Applied Linguistics, 118 22nd Street N.W., Washington, DC 20037 (English and other language versions; (202) 429-9292; fax: (202) 659-5641).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of State, Washington, DC. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Authoring Institution: Economic and Social Research Council, Edinburgh (Scotland). Centre for Educational Sociology.
Note: For English version, see ED 402 361.