Since 1980, millions of refugees have been resettled in the United States. Individual Americans welcome and help integrate refugees into U.S. communities large and small and, in turn, the resettled refugees enrich American culture. This edition of eJournal USA presents some background information and includes several personal stories.
Refugees in the U.S.
- The United States’ Commitment to Refugees
Eric P. Schwartz, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration
Supporting the world’s most vulnerable citizens is a U.S. foreign policy priority.
- Refugee Resettlement in the United States
Source : Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration
- Thirty Years of the Refugee Act of 1980
This landmark piece of legislation opened the doors for millions to secure refugee or asylum status in the United States.
- Helping Refugees Make a Home in the United States
Images of refugees resettling in the United States, receiving help from neighbors and making new homes.
- Famous (and Not-So-Famous) Refugees Making a Difference
Learn about refugees who have overcome obstacles to achieve success and recognition in the United States and beyond.
- No Longer Running for His Life
A "Lost Boy" Helps Other Refugees
Adier Deng (Sudan)
- Listen to Deng describe his arrival at the airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his foster family was waiting.
- Listen to Deng explain how he overcame challenges when he resettled in the United States and what his goals were.
- Ten-Year Journey from Danger, Despair
Rwandan Refugee Now Cares for Others
Janvier Tuyishime (Rwanda)
- Listen to Tuyishime explain why he wanted to come to the United States.
- Listen to Tuyishime talk about how he has changed since he came to the United States.
- Former Refugee Works on U.S. Refugee Policy
From Vietnam to Washington, DC
Hoa Tran (Vietnam)
- Listen to Tran describe the day she became a U.S. citizen.
- Listen to Tran explain how she used her background as a former refugee to help other recently resettled Vietnamese refugees.
- "They Just Have Good Hearts"
Central Asian Families Recount Their Pennsylvania Welcome
Kapitanov and Kapitanova Families (Central Asia)
- Listen to Saida Kapitanova (age 19) talk about her arrival in the United States and the people who helped her adjust to her new home.
- Listen to Saida describe a moment that surprised her and her family, when a police officer showed up at their house after the family had moved to Pennsylvania.
- Afghan American Helps Cuban Family Achieve Dream
Rogelio Espinosa (Cuba)
Ali Nadir (Rochester, New York)
- Iraqi Veterinarian’s Spirit, Persistence Inspire American Volunteer
Mohammed Yousuf (Iraq)
Andrew Masloski (Washington, D.C.)
- Bhutanese Refugee Learns English and More on Teacher’s Town Tour
Kapil Dhungel (Bhutan)
Johanna Young (Concord, New Hampshire)