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Refugee Health

Resources for Local Refugees and their Healthcare Providers

Mission of this Guide

This guide seeks to provide the community, clinicians, and those who have resettled in the United States with a comprehensive set of resources for education and support for refugees.

Guide Authors

This guide was created as a project for the  'Refugee Health' Population Health Clerkship
     University of Massachusetts Medical School
     55 Lake Avenue North
     Worcester, MA  01655
 Brooks Willar - School of Medicine, Class of
 Meghan Reynolds -  School of Medicine, Class
 of 2018
 Krystina Habib, RN - Graduate School of
 Nursing, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
 Candidate, Class of 2017


Refugee:  The United Nations Refugee Agency defines a refugee as “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.

Asylee: Someone who enters a country, fleeing persecution, war, or violence, however not under refugee status. In order to be granted asylee status, they must meet the definition of a refugee (Office of Refugee Resettlement, 2012).

The Resettlement Process

Map of U.S. and Refugee Status by State

Map constructed by Brooks Willar  |   Source:  Office of Refugee Resettlement - Fiscal Year 2014 Refugee Arrivals


Nationally  -  69,296 refugees admitted into the U.S in FY 2013 (U.S. Department of State, 2014).

  •     Burmese: 16,299
  •     Iraq: 19,488
  •     African continent: 15,980


  •     Burmese: 190, 2011;  74, 2014
  •     Iraq:  321, 2011;  697, 2014
  •     African continent:  545, 2013;  713, 2014 
                For more Massachusetts statistics


  •     Burmese: 272, between 2007-2012
  •     Iraq: 837, between 2007- 2012
  •     African continent: 420, between 2007-2012

*Source:  Department of State. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Office of Admission –  Refugee Processing Center. Refugee Arrivals. Calendar Year: as of 30-September 2012

Note:  Worcester has a large refugee population from Burma, Iraq, and various countries in Africa. Statistics provided above are for these three populations.

Where Does Worcester Fall in Refugee Populations?

Read the article                  "Worcester is state's top destination for refugees"
                                                  by George Barnes  T&G STAFF  |  March 12, 2015