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.
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.
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
European Resettlement Network
The European Resettlement Network supports the development of resettlement and complementary forms of admission to Europe for refugees by connecting and engaging a variety of relevant stakeholders.
How Local Voices Can Help Us Understand Refugee Integration
A podcast recorded by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance Project highlighting the interesting approach of the Refugees in Towns project.
Improving the Responses to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe
A report published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation covering conflict to equilibrium, beyond crisis management, from fragmentation to integration, and the EU and the refugee crisis.
International Organization for Migration, Regional Office for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO
An organization that provides resettlement support activities.
LINK IT – EU Integration Practices Brochure
A brochure on innovative practices that link pre-departure and post-arrival support to facilitate the socioeconomic integration of resettled refugees in the EU.
Protecting and Welcoming Refugees in Europe
A joint statement issued by ICMC Europe on behalf of the SHARE Network on protecting and welcoming refugees in Europe.
Refugee Policies for the Intercultural City
A policy brief published by the Council of Europe on refugee policies for the intercultural city.
Taking Stock of Refugee Resettlement
A report published by the Migration Policy Institute Europe covering policy tradeoffs, practical tradeoffs and the evidence base.
Time for Europe to get Migrant Integration Right
An issue paper published by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights that reviews the key areas of integration, among other topics.
Towards a Whole-of-Society Approach to Receiving and Settling Newcomers in Europe
A report published by the Migration Policy Institute covering four main areas: current and future trends in integration, policy approaches, and situating integration in policies that build public trust.
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.
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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