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About VRRP

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
As a local field office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP) serves as the only resettlement program in the state of Vermont.  Since its establishment in 1980, VRRP has been bringing hope and opportunity to the lives of refugees and immigrants by defending human rights, promoting self-sufficiency, and forging community partnerships.  VRRP provides refugees with their first home in the United States and acculturation services.  VRRP’s award-winning volunteer program offers crucial community connections to newly arrived refugees.  In addition, VRRP’s Interpreting and Translating Services (VITS) provides the region with professional services in more than twenty-five languages.  Through a wide range of direct and collaborative programs, VRRP helps refugees to successfully adapt to life in the United States.

What is a Refugee? >>

What is Refugee Resettlement? >>



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 the world’s 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 VRRP 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 VRRP meet refugees at the airport and help them begin building new lives in America. 

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Watch the full length CCTV Channel 17 documentary, "The Art of Arrival"

The Burlington International Airport is the Ellis Island of Vermont.  This video includes an introduction about the refugee experience and includes some refugees speaking about their memorable experiences arriving in Vermont.  It was created to celebrate the opening of a special art exhibit at the airport, which included paintings of refugees in Burlington by Janet McKenzie.

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