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