10 Tara Horn: How to be a Refugee: Several not-so-easy steps from oppression to resettlement

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More than 30 million people are living in exile worldwide. Maybe 30,000 people make it to the US in any given year through the refugee resettlement program. How do people go from living their lives to …

More than 30 million people are living in exile worldwide. Maybe 30,000 people make it to the US in any given year through the refugee resettlement program. How do people go from living their lives to living in exile to resettlement in a foreign country?

Using Burma as an example, this presentation will focus on the steps a person would go through to flee their home, apply for asylum with the UNHCR in a second country like Malaysia, and eventually, be resettled in a third country like the US.

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  • 1. How to be a Refugee Several not so easy steps from oppression to resettlement Tara Horn
  • 2. Step One: Oppression
  • 3. www.flickr.com/photos/hdptcar www.flickr.com/photos/hazy_jenius Burma www.flickr.com/photos/racoles
  • 4. Disobedience
  • 5. Step Two: Flee
  • 6. Goodbye, Mom Goodbye, Friends (Goodbye, Life)
  • 7. Home flickr.com/photos/rwp-roger Rangoon Bangkok Kuala Lumpur
  • 8. Step Three: Asylum
  • 9. Please take a number.
  • 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/
  • 11. Step Four: Wait
  • 12. Step Four: Wait
  • 13. flickr.com/photos/kevincollins
  • 14. Step Five: Asylum* *See Step Three
  • 15. We're not sure yet. Can you come back for another interview?
  • 16. Step Six: Resettlement
  • 17. Still a Refugee No Tuberculosis Not a Terrorist Filled out sub-form D-15
  • 18. Goodbye, Love Goodbye, Friends (Hello, Life)
  • 19. Welcome to America
  • 20. 70,000 Refugees Resettled Every Year 15,000,000 Refugees Globally Tara Horn tara@burmacollective.org www.burmacollective.org