ERIC Number: ED407480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-19
Reference Count: N/A
"Pre-Resettlement Preparation: Needs and Issues of Refugees." Proceedings of the Conference of East African Refugee Service Providers (July 19, 1994, Arlington, Virginia).
Hayward, Peter W.
The Ethiopian Community Development Center and the Center for Applied Linguistics hosted a conference to discuss the language and cultural orientation needs of Somali and Sudanese refugees. Somali and Sudanese refugees receive a 10-week language and cultural orientation course in Kenya (Africa) before coming to the United States. Representatives from the International Organization for Migration, the agency funded by the U.S. Department of State to provide this pre-entry training, attended the conference to hear what service providers in this country think the orientation should stress. The following presentations were made to provide conference attendees with information about refugee policy and preparation for resettlement: (1) "Admissions Policy for African Refugees" (Becky Thompson); (2) "Pre-Entry Training for African Refugees" (Ann Morgan); and (3) "Current Program for African Refugees in Kenya" (Timmit Embaye). These presentations were followed by discussion groups devoted to the cross cultural differences that present the greatest challenges to these refugees. Conference participants recommended that the training be started earlier and extended to bring language competence and cultural orientation to higher levels. They also recommended additional emphasis on importance of the "green card" and the "I-94" card for refugees and better education for employers. A list of participants is included. The agenda and sample certificates of orientation training are attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Refugee Service Center.
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia; Kenya; Somalia