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Refugee Myths

Refugee ChildrenMYTH: Refugees Do Not Pay Taxes.
FACT: Refugees are subject to the same employment, property, sales, and other taxes as any U.S. citizen. Refugees cannot vote, however.

MYTH: Refugees Receive Special Money From The U.S. Government To Purchase Homes, Cars, And Other Items.
FACT: The U.S. Government does not provide refugees with money when they arrive in the U.S., however, there are minimal benefits available for emergency situations and the medically needy. The refugee must apply for these benefits and meet income and resource standards to qualify for any assistance.

MYTH: Refugees Come To The U.S. for Economic Reasons.
FACT: Refugees are individuals or families who have come to the U.S. because they were forced to flee their homeland, many times with little or no belongings, leaving family and friends behind and are unable to return. Most refugees would rather live and work in their native country.

MYTH: The United States Is The Only Country To Accept Refugees.
FACT: There are 24 countries worldwide involved in refugee resettlement. The major resettlement countries include: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.

MYTH: It Seems Like New Hampshire Resettles All Of The Refugees.
FACT: Refugees have resettled in every state and several territories of the United States. In 2012, of the 58,236 refugees admitted into the U.S. 365 were resettled in New Hampshire, which ranked 33rd among all states.

MYTH: Refugees Do Not Contribute or Participate In Society.
FACT: Refugees contribute a great deal to this country through the sharing of their talents, skills, cultures and customs. History indicates that some of our most significant contributors to the U.S. have been refugees and immigrants. And, as noted previously, refugees do pay taxes.

MYTH: Refugees Represent A Health Hazard To The American Public.
FACT: There are refugees who have health problems which area a result of the lack of medical care that existed in their country of origin or due to problems they encountered during their flight from persecution. Most health problems are addressed by health care services in first-asylum camps and in refugee processing centers before refugees are admitted to the United States. The Centers for Disease Control closely monitors all admissions and prevents the admission of certain persons with health conditions identified as hazardous to the public until they are treated an no longer considered to be infectious.

MYTH: Refugees Represent Only A Few Nationality Groups.
FACT: Each year the President and Congress determine the countries of origin and the number of refugees who will be admitted into the United States. Since 1997, refugees from over 30 different nations have arrived to New Hampshire.

MYTH: Refugees Are Another Drain On The Welfare System.
FACT: The New Hampshire Refugee Resettlement Program supports programming to place refugees into jobs that promote economic independence, generate tax dollars, and help local economies. The use of welfare-type funds is on a short-term basis.

Republished from the State of Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services


 
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