General Information about Refugees and Newcomers

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General Information about Refugees and Newcomers

  1. 1. “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others."<br />---Ghandi<br />
  2. 2. Who is a Refugee?<br />Someone found outside his/her home country who has a “well founded fear of persecution” because of his/her:<br />Race, religion, nationality, social group membership or political opinion<br />1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. <br />
  3. 3. Who is in Lansing?<br /><ul><li>Afghans
  4. 4. Bhutanese
  5. 5. Bosnians
  6. 6. Burmese
  7. 7. Burundians
  8. 8. Congolese
  9. 9. Croats
  10. 10. Cubans
  11. 11. Ethiopians
  12. 12. Eritreans
  13. 13. Hmong
  14. 14. Iranians
  15. 15. Iraqis
  16. 16. Kurds
  17. 17. Liberians
  18. 18. Meskhetian Turks
  19. 19. Somali / Bantu Somali
  20. 20. Sudanese
  21. 21. Vietnamese
  22. 22. Immigrants from all continents of the world
  23. 23. Andmany others. . . </li></li></ul><li>2010 Statistics<br />648 people resettled in Lansing<br />in FY 2010*<br />In 2010 the RDC: <br />Offered services to 850+ people representing over 40 countries<br />Secured over 300 volunteers<br />*St Vincent Catholic Charities/Refugee Services <br />
  24. 24. Coming To America<br />
  25. 25. What children may face<br />Yet another move / life outside a refugee camp <br />Traumas<br />lost parents, hunger, violence, etc<br />School and language pressures<br />Unexpected and unbalanced responsibilities within their families <br />Inverted power structure<br />Poverty in the “Land of Opportunity”<br />
  26. 26. By surviving life threatening and dangerous war situations, children may have learned:*<br />1. The world is NOT a safe place2. Parents and other adults cannot protect you3. You cannot trust anyone4. You are hopeless5. You are powerless6. Violence is a way to resolve conflicts7. Others will respect you if they fear you8. Death can happen at any time9. Tomorrow may never come <br />*Center for Victims of Torture (www.cvt.org)<br />
  27. 27. What is the Pathway Out?<br />Education<br />Support <br />& Opportunity<br />
  28. 28. It Takes a Community to Welcome Newcomers<br />Partners: <br />Lansing School District<br />65 countries, 51 languages<br />MSU<br />Peckham Industries <br />Christ Lutheran Church & the Greater Lansing Faith Community<br />Resettlement Agencies<br />Donors, Funders & Friends<br />
  29. 29. Doing Our Part:<br />History & Mission<br />What we Offer:<br />ESL Classes<br />Drop in assistance<br />Youth Programming<br />Summer Camp<br />Tutoring<br />School orientations<br />Parent Programming – orientations & groups<br />Advocacy<br />
  30. 30. Thank you for joining our cause! <br />

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