Wednesday, November 18, 2015

About the Refugee Resettlement Program and Benefits


Congressional passage of the Refugee Act of 1980 (Section 411. [8 U.S.C. 1521]) codified the United States’ historic policy of aiding individuals fleeing persecution from their homelands. The Federal Refugee Resettlement Program purpose is to effectively resettle refugees and assist them to achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible after arrival in the United States.
Recognizing that refugees face many obstacles and challenges to reaching that goal, the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP), the State’s refugee program, administers transitional benefits and services to assist refugees’ adjustment to life in the U.S. RRP is 100 percent funded by theU.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesExternal Link IconOffice of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)External Link Icon.
Locally based private refugee resettlement agencies called “voluntary agencies” (VOLAGs (11 KB PDF)), welcome refugees upon their arrival to the United States and provide them essential services during their first 30 days in the U.S. These services are provided under cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)External Link Icon and link to RRP’s federally funded transitional benefits and services, such as refugee cash and medical assistance, employment services, English language training and case management that help facilitate refugees’ and other eligible beneficiaries achieving the goals of successful resettlement and economic self-sufficiency. 

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