The Role Of Refugees

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Refugees have existed ever since there has been conflict in the world; both World Wars, displacement of Jews and Palestinians, the India and Pakistan border conflict, and even the aftermath of Japanese imperialism. Although refugees have been a huge issue throughout history, the recent crisis has brought over one million refugees into Europe in just 2015. Today, more than 65 million people are forced out of their home country as a result of persecution, violence or natural disasters. The conflict in Syria certainly is the biggest cause of migration; but the seemingly endless violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as poverty in other Middle Eastern countries, force people to find safety elsewhere. It is difficult to have accurate numbers …show more content…
The organization works to manage migration, promote international cooperation to deal with migration issues and finds practical solutions to cope with specific crises regarding refugees. The High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has two branches; the Division of Operational Services and the Division of International Protection Services. It determines “refugee status” and advocates and seeks solutions for the refugees. A main piece of legislation is the Refugee Act of 1980, with a main goal of bringing the United States into compliance with international law. Volunteer Agencies take on a majority of the tasks with refugees once they arrive to their new home country. They plan pre-arrival, which includes housing, furniture, clothing and a warm meal. They also provide community orientation, English classes, referrals for health, employment, education and other necessities to become independent. Funding such extensive services comes through grants from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Refugees have to pay back airfare costs within two years, and they receive $850 per family for their first thirty …show more content…
IN 2014, they taught English to 280 refugees, secured jobs for 198, and in total, welcomed 447 new refugees from 43 different countries into Chicago. In order to fund such an extensive service, Refugee One relies heavily on donations from individuals, foundations, corporate partners, franchises, and national or government partners. Approximately 70% of the funds come form the government and about 90% is used for program services. In 2014, Refugee One used just over $3 million for all of the clients and additional costs. Refugees come to this organization from all parts of the world. This agency has been working for about thirty years and has been able to resettle tens of thousands of refugees. A sample of the refugees that they assist include survivors of Cambodia’s killing fields, the former Yugoslavia, and genocide in Rwanda and other African countries; Jews fleeing Communist oppression; and Iranians escaping the Islamic Revolution. Refugee even participated in relocating those affected by Hurricane Katrina in

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