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The Welcome Set

Background Materials


Refugee Families and Refugee Youth in the United States: Orientation DVD

2012-2014 Edition of The Welcome Set 

Welcome Guide Welcome DVD
Arabic - 35.3MB Arabic
Burmese - 36.5MB Burmese
Chin - 16.5MB Chin
English - 76.4MB English
Farsi - 19.8MB Farsi
Karen - 41MB Karen                            
Kinyarwanda - 16.5MB Kinyarwanda
Nepali - 20MB Nepali
Somali - 16.7MB Somali
Swahili - 74MB Swahili


Workbook for the 2012-2014 Edition of the Welcome Set

Welcome to the United States Workbook, English


Previous Edition of The Welcome Set

Welcome Guide Welcome DVD
Amharic - 12.3MB   --
  -- Karenni
Kirundi - 5.7MB Kirundi
Russian - 7.1MB Russian
Spanish - 5.4MB Spanish
Tigrigna - 26.6MB Tigrigna


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Background Materials (in reverse chronological order) 


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Refugees from Syria, November 2014
Information about refugees from Syria, addressing Syria’s modern history, government, economy, and other systems, the different Syrian populations, common beliefs and customs, conditions in first-asylum countries, and implications for resettlement. This document does not currently include demographic information about the Syrian refugees in the U.S. Refugee Admissions pipeline; that information will follow as more Syrian refugees undergo processing.


Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, January 2014
Information about the refugee crisis, life in the DRC and countries of asylum, background characteristics of the refugees, and their resettlement experiences in the U.S., strengths they bring and the challenges they may face.

Darfuri Bg

Darfuri Refugees, June 2011
Information about refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan, particularly those being resettled from Chad, as well as those in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.


Eritreans Bg

Eritrean Refugees in Shimelba Refugee Camp, December 2010
Information about the Tigrinya and Kunama refugees from the Shimelba Refugee Camp, looking at their recent history in Eritrea and Ethiopia, their cultural attributes, and their socio-economic characteristics.


Iraqi Bg

Refugees From Iraq, December 2008
In-depth information about refugee groups from Iraq, including the various ethnic and religious communities, history, conditions in countries of asylum, characteristics of the refugee population, religion, language, education, and resettlement considerations.


Bhutanese Bg

Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal, October 2007; Bhutanese Refugees, Supplement.
Discussion of the refugee situation, the need for resettlement, and characteristics of the refugee population. The supplement contains additional information about considerations for the resettlement of Bhutanese.


Burmese CP

Refugees from Burma, June 2007
Information about the diverse histories, cultures, refugee backgrounds, and resettlement experiences of refugees from Burma, with a focus on Burmans, Karen, Karenni, and Chin.


Kunama Bg

The Kunama, April 2007
A look at the experience of the Kunama in Eritrea, their lives in the Shimelba Refugee Camp, and their cultural practices and preferences.


Burundians Bg

The 1972 Burundians, March 2007
A discussion of the Burundian refugees resettled from the Tanzanian refugee camps in which they had lived since 1972, including reasons for their flight, the need for resettlement, their cultural customs and background characteristics, and their likely resettlement needs. 


Banyamulenge Tutsi Bg

The Banyamulenge Tutsi, February 2007
Basic information about the Banyamulenge Tutsi in general and the Gatumba massacre survivors in particular.



Meskhetian Turks CP

The Meskhetian Turks, September 2006
General information about Meskhetian Turks and their history, including Meskhetian Turk communities around the world, culture, language and education, and resettlement in the United States, as well as recommended reading.


Liberians CP

Liberian Refugees, April 2005
General information about the Liberian people and their history, including life in Liberia, the situation of Liberian refugees in West Africa, language, and resettlement in the United States, as well as recommended reading.


Hmong CP

The Hmong, June 2004
General information about the Hmong people, their history, their lives in Laos and Thailand, literacy and education issues, resettlement matters, and information about Hmong languages, including a list of common words, phrases, and sayings.


Muslim Refugees CP

Muslim Refugees, September 2003
A basic introduction to the worldview of Muslim peoples as manifested in their religion and culture, including topics such as the fundamental tenets of Islam; necessary conditions for successful resettlement; special considerations when working with Muslim men, women, children, and elderly; and a list of resources for both refugees and service providers.


Somali Bantu CP

The Somali Bantu, February 2003
A basic introduction to the people, history, and cultures of the Somali Bantu resettled from refugee camps in Somalia.



Afghans CP

The Afghans, 2002
An introduction to the people, history and cultures of Afghanistan. It is designed primarily for service providers and others assisting the Afghan refugees in their new communities in the United States.


Montagnards CP

The Montagnards, 2002
This booklet is a basic introduction to the history, cultures, and resettlement experiences of the Montagnard people of Vietnam.



Cubans CP

Cubans, 1996
An introduction to the people, history, and culture of Cuba.



Iraqi Kurds CP

Iraqi Kurds, 1996
An introduction to the people, history, and culture of the Iraqi Kurds.



Bosnians CP

The Bosnians, December 1995
An introduction to the people, history, and culture of Bosnia, with a particular focus on Bosnian Muslims.



Haitians CP

Haitians, 1994
A basic introduction to the people, history, and culture of Haiti.



Somalis CP

The Somalis, October 1993
A basic introduction to the people, history, and culture of Somalia.



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Making Your Way: A Reception and Placement Orientation Curriculum: Based on the R&P Orientation Objectives and Indicators, the curriculum provides domestic trainers with tools and techniques to help refugees develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need during the R&P period, a refugee’s first 30 to 90 days in the United States.

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Extended and Enhanced Orientation Curriculum: This COR Center product is a standardized orientation curriculum addressing a number of topics and issues suited for refugees who have been in the United States for more than 30 days but less than five years. 


On Their Way: An Orientation Curriculum for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) is a 313-page resource to assist with provision of orientation to URMs and to refugee youth in general. Materials include topic overviews, activity plans, necessary materials, suggested variations, links to additional resources, and so forth. Designed for use by overseas orientation providers, this resource is also easily adapted for use by those who deliver orientation in the United States. 

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Story of Me: An Orientation Workbook for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) is a 36-page workbook that participants complete during and after CO, based on variations of activities in On Their Way: An Orientation Curriculum for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors.

Story of Me: An Orientation Workbook for Refugee Youth is designed for use by refugee youth who are not Unaccompanied Refugee Minors. 

A New Day
Refugee Families and Refugee Youth in the United States: Orientation DVD

This orientation DVD contains two videos: A New Day: Refugee Families in the United States (24 mins) and Be Who You Are: Refugee Youth in the United States (9 mins). The DVD was created to assist refugees and refugee providers in learning about adjustment of refugee families and refugee youth to their new lives in the United States. Topics include family adjustment, discipline, school life, home life, and learning English.

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