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The sharing of information, both to arriving refugees and asylum seekers, as well as to the receiving community, is a key integration strategy that is most effective when implemented in a proactive and transparent way. Refugees and asylum seekers need information about their legal status, the educational system, employment and local cultural practices, among other important topics. Communities need to know who is arriving and why, the needs and cultural practices of the newcomers, and how best to assist them. The resources here offer proven approaches and modalities for the sharing of information with refugees, asylum seekers and their new communities as well as how to coordinate the provision of services among refugee service providers.

Resources:

Information for Receiving Communities about Refugee Populations

  • A practical guide to resettling LGBT refugees and asylees

    A field manual developed by Heartland Alliance that aims to support service providers in meeting the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender refugees and asylees.

  • Against All Odds

    An internet-based game produced by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that guides players through the experience of being a refugee.

  • My Neighbor is Muslim

    A book written by Professor Todd Green on behalf of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota exploring the foundations of Islam and the Muslim faith.

  • Refugee Council USA

    A coalition of 25 member organizations dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

  • Refugees from Iraq

    A document published by the Center for Applied Linguistics that provides resettlement communities with information on refugees from Iraq.

  • Refugees from Syria

    A document published by the Center for Applied Linguistics that provides resettlement communities with information on refugees from Syria.

  • Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    A document published by the Center for Applied Linguistics that provides resettlement communities with information on refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Sexual and Gender Minority Refugees

    An organization that provides access to tools, research and assessment programs for service providers working with vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.

Information for Refugees & Asylum Seekers

  • CORE Resettlement Navigator

    A website with content developed by the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange providing official and accurate information about the United States Refugee Admissions Program.

  • EUROPA, An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees

    A multilingual book initiated by photographers and journalists introducing newcomers to the European Union and the relevant debates that will determine its future.

  • Raising Teens in a New Country

    A guide published by the organization, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services, on raising teenagers in the U.S.

  • Refugee.Info

    An online platform with goals to protect and empower vulnerable populations through increased access to timely, reliable information and enhanced communication between service providers and beneficiaries.

  • U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Overview Video

    A video created by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center that guides viewers through the steps of the U.S. resettlement process starting with the pre-screening interview through arrival into the United States.

  • Welcome to Europe! A comprehensive guide to resettlement

    A guide published by ICMC covering global resettlement policy and partnerships, needs and processes, with a focus on the growth and development of resettlement in Europe.

  • Welcome to the United States Workbook

    A guidebook published by the Center for Applied Linguistics that helps refugees prepare for their first few months in the United States.

Reports & Findings

Tools and Resources for Cultural Orientation Trainers

  • Cultural Orientation Program Assessment Tool

    A self-assessment tool to help resettlement and integration practitioners identify the current stage of their cultural orientation program in the areas of Orientation Provider, Class Content & Structure, Delivery, and Program Monitoring & Evaluation, and to better understand the key components of program maturity.

  • Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange

    A technical assistance program designed to support and strengthen the linkages between pre-departure and post-arrival cultural orientation programs for refugees on their journey to resettle in the United States.

  • EURITA Presentation on Information Sharing Practices in Resettlement & Integration

    A EURITA presentation on information sharing practices that identifies the priority information needs of receiving communities and refugees/asylum seekers, lists eight general categories of information to share, and describes methods of sharing information with each audience.

  • EURITA Webinar: Information Sharing Practices in Resettlement & Integration

    A EURITA webinar on information sharing practices that identifies the priority information needs of receiving communities and refugees/asylum seekers, lists the eight general categories of information to share, and describes methods of sharing information with each audience. 

  • Exploring Cultural Concepts: The Culturagram

    A tool developed by Elaine Congress, D.S.W. that includes ten assessment areas and aims to promote cultural competence through its utilization.

  • Making Your Way, A Reception and Placement Curriculum

    A curriculum published by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Cultural Orientation Resource Center providing basic orientation information for newly arrived refugees in the U.S.

  • Refugee Training and Orientation: A Workbook for Trainers

    A workbook published by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center for trainers to use when they plan and deliver cultural orientation trainings for refugees.

  • Student-Centered Learning

    A poster published by the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange describing the key qualities and strategies of student-centered learning, an educational method that shifts the focus of instruction from teacher to student.

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