The sharing of information, both to arriving refugees and asylum seekers, as well as to the receiving community, is a key integration strategy that is most effective when implemented in a proactive and transparent way. Refugees and asylum seekers need information about their legal status, the educational system, employment and local cultural practices, among other important topics. Communities need to know who is arriving and why, the needs and cultural practices of the newcomers, and how best to assist them. The resources here offer proven approaches and modalities for the sharing of information with refugees, asylum seekers and their new communities as well as how to coordinate the provision of services among refugee service providers.
Information for Receiving Communities about Refugee Populations
Health profiles published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention that provide key cultural and health information on specific refugee groups resettling in the United States.
A document published by the Center for Applied Linguistics that provides resettlement communities with information on refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Survivor website is an online resource platform run by IRC Hellas, with tools to support practitioners working with refugees and migrants who are Gender-Based Violence survivors. Illustrative website topics include prevention and response to GBV, empowerment, policy and advocacy and integration.
Information for Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Reports & Findings
Tools and Resources for Cultural Orientation Trainers
A EURITA supplemental lesson plan on the topic of employment that can be incorporated by trainers into an existing pre- or post-arrival cultural orientation curriculum.
A EURITA self-assessment tool to help resettlement and integration practitioners identify the current stage of their cultural orientation program in the areas of Orientation Provider, Class Content & Structure, Delivery, and Program Monitoring & Evaluation, and to better understand the key components of program maturity.
A EURITA guidance document for practitioners on implementing standards of CO for refugees and asylum seekers. It provides an overview of CO; who should attend, what topics should be covered, modalities for delivery and how to make sessions interactive.
A recorded EURITA webinar video on information sharing practices that identifies the priority information needs of receiving communities and refugees/asylum seekers, lists the eight general categories of information to share, and describes methods of sharing information with each audience.
A curriculum published by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Cultural Orientation Resource Center providing basic orientation information for newly arrived refugees in the U.S.
A EURITA handbook that serves as a resource manual and training guide for volunteer mentors providing one on one cultural orientation to refugee families in the community.
With the support of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Switchboard is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers and offers tools and materials, learning opportunities, research, and technical assistance on resettlement-related topics.
A EURITA presentation on Strategies for Delivering Cultural Orientation (CO) it outlines proven approaches and modalities through which CO can be delivered, including who should attend, what topics should be covered, modalities for delivery, how to make sessions interactive and how to measure the effectiveness.
A workbook published by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center for trainers to use when they plan and deliver cultural orientation trainings for refugees.
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