This is a list of links from the UNCHR and other sources on America’s obligations for refugee resettlement. Feel free to comment or email with more suggestions.
- Info about and text of the 1951 Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees
- This is the governing document for refugee resettlement. Under this convention, a refugee is defined as a person who “owing to wellfounded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality.” (Article 1)
- The UNHCR’s page on the Refugee Convention provides more information about its history.
- The UN’s page on refugees provides an overview of the definition and how it is distinguished from displaced persons.
- UNHCR Documents
- Refugee Statistics at a Glance from the UNHCR
- FAQs on the UNHCR’s Refugee Resettlement process
- UNHCR Resettlement Handbook
- Provides a history of the Refugee Convention and describes the process at the UNHCR level.
- UNHCR’s resettlement flow chart
- Before any refugee can come to the US, they must pass through this complex process. The US has the right to refuse any refugee during screening.
- How UNHCR’s refugee-resettlement process actually works
- This article from Maclean’s provides a clear overview of the process in Canada. While it is Canada specific, the steps are similar to the US.
- US Refugee Admission Program from the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
- Provides an overview of the process in the United States.
- How do refugees come to America?
- From the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
- Overview of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement process from the ORR
- This office primarily serves asylees after they have been accepted into the United States.
- Fulltext of “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” Executive Order from NYT
Resettlement Organizations and Charities
- CNNC works with the broader immigrant population in Greensboro and NC.
- Donate to CNNC
Library Research Guides
This will be a list of library guides related to refugee resettlement issues. Most nclude open access resources in addition to subscription services.
- UNC Chapel Hill’s guide for WMST 281: Gender and Global Change: “Transnational Southeast Asia, Feminism, and the Long Shadow of War”
- Wilson, Paula. (December 22, 2015). Refugees and the Public Library.
- “Libraries Respond: Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers” by ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Service
What you can do to help?
Stances of US Senators on the Executive Order – Use to find your Senator. Ask them to speak out and not just remain silent.