After a refugee flees their home country, one of three things will happen:
- Local integration: they stay in the country to which they fled
- Voluntary repatriation: they are sent back to their home country
Resettlement: they are sent to a third country to be resettled
The Resettlement Process in the U.S.
According to UNHCR, a refugee is a person who is forced to leave their home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution, war, or violence.
Refugees are often displaced from their homes with little warning or time to prepare.
An interview by U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials determines if a refugee is eligible for resettlement. Upon approval, the resettlement process begins: