About USCRI Detroit
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Detroit (USCRI Detroit) helps refugees begin new lives in the Detroit area. Each year, we welcome refugees, primarily from Iraq, and give them the tools to adjust to a new way of life in the United States. USCRI Detroit works in partnership with an extensive network of Arab American community groups to help refugees become self-sufficient, contributing members of the Detroit community who can regain dreams of a hopeful future for themselves and their children.
What is a Refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Refugees differ from other immigrants in that they do not have the choice to remain in their home country. Refugees flee their countries to save their lives. They run from war and persecution, often losing beloved family members along the way. Many refugees then spend years and sometimes decades in substandard refugee camps. Less than one percent of all refugees get the chance to leave a camp and resettle in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, or other countries that resettle refugees.
What is Refugee Resettlement?
Each year, Americans welcome refugees to the United States. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement partner with agencies like USCRI Detroit to assist refugees through the resettlement process. When a refugee arrives in America, he or she usually comes with little more than the clothes on his or her back. Organizations like USCRI Detroit meet refugees at the airport and help them to begin building new lives in America.
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