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Arpan is a Bhutanese refugee and youth leader. He was born in a refugee camp in Nepal and lived there for 16 years. In 2008, he and his family were resettled in Oakland, CA. 

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A REFUGEE'S FIRST YEAR IN THE BAY AREA

Resettlement agencies, because they contract with the U.S. government to resettle refugees, are on a very strict and consistent timeline.  The goal of resettlement is ultimately self-sufficiency. Most resettlement agencies try to support families to become as self-sufficient as possible as soon as possible, according to the concept that when people are caring for themselves, earning their own money, providing for their families and navigating systems on their own, they are more confident and feel more in charge of their lives. This is a crucial part of a successful transition into the U.S.

Refugee Transitions works with resettlement agencies and receives referrals for home-based tutoring, mentoring, and family support services.  Our ultimate goal is to help refugees attain the English language, life, job, and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities.

In order to give you a better understanding of how refugees receive services during their first year in the United States, what services are available to them, and how Refugee Transitions fits into the resettlement process, we have put together a Resettlement Timeline with the assistance of the Oakland Unified School District's Refugee and Asylee Student Assistance Program.  Variations in services or timing may occur in different counties.

 

 

 


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To view the Resettlement Timeline, click here