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About 300-400 refugees a year are resettled in New Hampshire through two agencies, Ascentria Care Alliance and the International Institute of New Hampshire.
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These nonprofit agencies receive US Department of State, Bureau of Population and Migration funding and agree to resettle a number of refugees at the start of the fiscal year based on their perceived capacity to provide services for new arrivals and the number of refugees coming into the US. Additional money is provided by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide self-sufficiency services. These services include:

  • Case Management: Resettlement agencies facilitate and coordinate a variety of services including housing, healthcare, referrals and general support services as refugees transition into their communities.
  • Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA): Funds are designed to assist refugees during their initial resettlement period. All refugees are entitled to Refugee Medical Assistance for their first eight months in the US. To be eligible for RCA, however, a refugee must be ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • English as a Second Language: Voluntary agencies collectively provide over 90 hours a week in English Language Training throughout New Hampshire. Classes are designed to assist refugees in key linguistic areas, thus preparing them to meet their everyday language needs. This training prepares refugees for work and full participation in community life.
  • Employment Services: These include an assessment of vocational skills, job development, job placement and follow up services with local employers. The hard work of our refugee employment counselors have made New Hampshire a model state for refugee resettlement. Refugees often find good, well paid work within the first two or three months of arrival.
  • Preventive Health: The primary goal of the program is to prevent and control problems of public health significance among incoming refugees, with emphasis on those health problems that may create barriers to self-sufficiency. The program ensures that refugees have access to health education, case management and interpreter services.

Additional Information

  • New Hampshire Refugee Office Statistical Abstract Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol provides a general overview of the New Hampshire Refugee Program, the numbers of refugees, countries of origin and areas of resettlement.
  • Ethnic Community Profiles Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol is a compilation of profiles of selected underserved ethnic populations. These profiles are intended to provide examples of approaches taken by various health and human service organizations in an effort to better understand and serve the diverse needs of the refugee and immigrant populations. These profiles and additional information may be seen at the Baylor University Web site .

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