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Refugee Education

What is a Refugee?

 

There are about 300,000 refugees living in the United States.  In 2013, the USA accepted 70,000 refugees from 65 countries. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) determines which groups will receive refugee status, and this list changes every year.  Under United States law, a refugee is someone who:

·    Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States.
·    Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
·    Has been resettled by the UNHCR.

Factors that May Indicate a Student is a Refugee Student:
·    Was born outside of the USA.
·    Has moved to the USA within the last five years.
·    May be working with Lutheran Family Services (LFS) or Southern Sudan Community Association (SSCA).
·    May have an I-94 document.
·    May have emigrated from one of the following countries (changes yearly):

 

Africa

Burundi

Central African Republic

Chad

Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gambia

Guinea

Ivory Coast

Liberia

Republic of South Sudan

Rwanda (ending soon)

Somalia

Sudan

Togo

Uganda

Zimbabwe

Asia

Burma

Cambodia

China

North Korea

Tibet

Vietnam

Afganistan

Bhutan

Iran

Iraq

Pakistan

Palestine

Syria

 

Latin America

Cuba

Colombia

Venezuela

 

Europe

Moldova

Russia

Ukraine