Here's a quick and comprehensive post about ways you can connect with and support refugees in the Grand Rapids area. Maybe you'd like to know retail shops, restaurants, or other local businesses that donate a portion of their profits to aid refugees. Or perhaps you're interested in providing material support such as clothes or furniture, linguistic support … Continue reading Connect in Grand Rapids!
Walking into my internship at Samaritas the Tuesday after the EO was signed was an experience of mixed emotions. The atmosphere was heavy and my conversations with staff members included tears, confusion, and frustration. In this post, I will attempt to describe the local effects of President Trump's Executive Order regarding immigration and refugees. The … Continue reading EO in GR
My last post examined what the first 24 hours looks like for refugees resettled in Grand Rapids. This post will go beyond that time frame and outline the services that Samaritas provides for their clients for the next 90 days. Overall, a case worker at Samaritas has the following tasks: Find housing (not easy in … Continue reading Samaritas’ Services
So we've already discussed the process of registering at a UN refugee camp, being referred for third country resettlement, the refugee vetting process for admission into the U.S., the outsourcing of refugee resettlement services to nine major NGOs (VOLAGs), and the subsequent arrival of refugees to the over 350 local affiliates nationwide. Now, pause a … Continue reading Samaritas’ First 24 Hours
If you're reading this blog, then I'm sure you're aware of the Executive Order that U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Friday, January 27th, 2017. If you're not aware, however, I encourage you to keep reading, as this post will outline and summarize the details of the Executive Order in what I hope is a clear, … Continue reading Trump’s Executive Order
Let's elaborate on what happens when a refugee chooses option #3, resettlement in a third "host" country (see last post for details). Since I am considering the process and policy of resettlement within the United States, and specifically in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the following information does not apply globally. Later in this research project, however, … Continue reading Resettlement in U.S. (Past & Pending)
Wow. I've already learned so much on my first day as an intern at one of Grand Rapids' local refugee resettlement agencies, Samaritas. This post will explore the process and options from one's initial registration at a UN Refugee Camp to their eventual, repatriation, new citizenship, or resettlement in a host country. I want to … Continue reading What’s a Refugee?