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frequently asked questions
There are more refugees in the world today than at any point since World War II.
The United States accepts thousands of refugees each year. Still less than 1% of all refugees in the world today will be resettled – this is not a solution for every refugee, but for those eligible, it is a life changing mission of hope, that can lift the most vulnerable populations out of danger and give them a new start.
Refugees resettled in the U.S. successfully support their families, pay taxes, and contribute to their new communities. They work in industries ranging from hospitality, food service, teaching, engineering, nursing and medicine, and many start their own businesses. Albert Einstein and Sergey Brin, the founder of Google, are former refugees whose accomplishments demonstrate what the U.S. has to gain from welcoming refugees.
– Former Congressional Representative Anh “Joseph” Cao who came to the U.S. in 1975 with his family as a refugee.
Like Rep. Cao, refugees are grateful for their opportunities to begin a new life away from persecution, and are eager to start working, learn English, and integrate in the United States. All refugees are offered a brief U.S. cultural orientation course prior to departure for the United States, which is followed up by additional cultural orientation upon arrival in the U.S.