Journey Of A Refugee
Due to a well-founded fear of persecution, a refugee flees his or her country of origin. After this, one of three things will happen:
Refugee stays in the country to which they fled.
Refugee is sent back to his or her home country.
Refugee is sent to a third country to be resettled. Less than 1% of refugees are given this option.
Refugee is interviewed by US Department of Homeland Security officials to determine if he or she is eligible for resettlement. Once he or she is approved, the resettlement and placement process begins:
Refugee is assigned to one of 9 voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) for resettlement.
Refugee is assigned to a specific agency in a US city.
Refugee prepares to enter last stage of processing before arrival in US: medical examination, processing, other clearance checks. If there are medical complications, they are put on medical hold.
Preparation and Arrival
Flight Booked. Resettlement agency notified of the date of arrival, usually 1-2 weeks in advance.
Caseworker and volunteers assigned to the case; arrangements made for housing, furniture, and food.
Caseworkers and/or sponsor family meet the refugee or family at the airport and take them to their new home.