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ERIC Number: EJ920351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Understanding the Plight of Immigrant and Refugee Students
Ruiz, Melissa; Kabler, Brenda; Sugarman, Melissa
Communique, v39 n5 p1, 23-25 Jan-Feb 2011
Refugee and immigrant children constitute one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, with numbers increasing to an estimated 9 million children by the end of 2010. The Upper Darby School District, located in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania, has witnessed the rapid growth of a diverse immigrant and refugee population during the last 15 years. As a result of this wave of immigration, there is a recognized change in schools, with one tenth of student population arriving in the buildings from 75 countries around the world. The district has responded to this wave of immigration and increase of refugee students by applying to the Federal Grant Office and receiving Refugee Children's School Impact Aid (RSCIA). School psychologists feel that the diversity of their students is their greatest strength, and the students' needs, their greatest challenge. It is their responsibility to educate themselves to ensure that these students' needs are being addressed so that they can minimize the barriers to learning while maximizing the students' potential to achieve. The purpose of this article is to provide core information about immigrant and refugee students for school psychologists and educators working with this population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; United States