A refugee is a person fleeing his or her country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, or nationality; membership in a particular social group; or political opinion. Refugees are different from other immigrants in that they do not have the choice to remain in their home country.
The refugee resettlement process varies from country to country, but all programs offer immediate aid including food and shelter. Longer-term services offered at refugee centers in resettlement host countries can include permanent housing, employment skills and job placement services, clothing, medical attention, education, language classes, and community orientation. Some refugee centers also provide day care, transportation, case management, translation services, assistance obtaining employment documents, and support during the process to become a permanent citizen.
According to the 2009 World Refugee Survey by the United States Committee for Refugees and...
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