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.
Information for Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Reports & Findings
Tools and Resources for Cultural Orientation Trainers
A 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 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 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 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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A self-assessment tool to help resettlement and integration practitioners identify the current stage of their case management practice and to better understand the components of case management practice maturity.Read more...