Who Are Refugees?

Refugees are defined under international law as being outside their home country and having a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Refugees are legal immigrants to the U.S. The President of the United States authorizes the number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. every year, and from which parts of the world. See “Presidential Determination 2012” below for more information.

Refugees 101

A comprehensive introduction to refugees and how they come to the United States on the BRYCS website.

How Refugees Get to the U.S.

A visual representation of the journey of refugees and asylees from overseas to the U.S.

Eligibility for US Resettlement

Discussion of eligibility criteria, exclusion criteria, and how refugees are processed.

Cultural Orientations to Life in The US

Refugees are provided a cultural orientation to their new lives in the United States. These orientations are part of a mandatory package of services for refugees categorized as “Reception and Placement.” To access comprehensive information and resources about cultural orientations and services, visit the Cultural Orientation Resource Center website.

Arizona Refugee Arrivals Report

This report shows the numbers of refugees from all countries who have resettled in Arizona since the beginning of the resettlement program.

Projected U.S. Arrivals 2014 by Region and Country of Origin

Report to Congress, summary prepared by the Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center.