Who is a Refugee?
A refugee is someone who must flee their homeland in order to be safe. They cannot return home, or they are rightly afraid to return home due to violence or persecution. The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, adopted in 1951, defines a refugee as…
[A]ny person who: owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.
An asylee is someone who faced the same hardship as a refugee but, instead of seeking refuge while outside of their future resettlement country, applied for U.S. asylum while physically present in the United States.
To lean more visit the UNHCR website http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home
What is the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program?
A federally-funded program that provides cash assistance, medical assistance, health screening, and social services to newly arrived Refugees.
What is the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program?
The Arizona RRP promotes effective Refugee resettlement that best assists them with achieving social and economic self-sufficiency and well-being as quickly as possible after arrival in the United States.
Who determines where and how many Refugees are resettled in the United States?
Annually, the U.S. Department of State, in coordination with Congress, makes a recommendation to the President of the United States at which time he signs a Presidential Determination.
What are some of the services that Refugees are eligible for in Arizona?
Temporary Medical / AHCCCS
Preventive Health Services
Mental Health Services
Special services for Older Refugees (Ages 60+)
Unaccompanied Minors Program
Assistance to victims of torture
Assistance to victims of Human Trafficking