ABOUT REFUGEES

WHO IS A REFUGEE?  

A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY TO ESCAPE WAR OR PERSECUTION DUE TO RACE, RELIGION, NATIONALITY, POLITICAL OPTION, OR MEMBERSHIP OF A PARTICULAR SOCIAL GROUP

PATH OF A REFUGEE

FLEE THEIR COUNTRY

REGISTERS WITH THE U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR)

GOES THROUGH APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS

EVALUATED FOR ELIGIBILITY

REFERRED TO US ADMISSIONS PROGRAM

AID SERVICES SUBCONTRACTED OUT TO NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs), e.g. CATHOLIC CHARITIES SOUTHWEST OHIO OR KENTUCKY REFUGEE MINISTRIES

MATCHED TO NATIONAL VOLUNTARY REGISTRY

RECEIVES UP TO 90 DAYS OF LEGALLY MANDATED SERVICES, e.g. HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

APPLIES FOR GREEN CARD AFTER 1 YEAR

ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP AFTER FIVE YEARS

REFUGEES IN THE GREATER CINCINNATI AREA

MORE THAN 25,000 CINCINNATIANS ARE REFUGEES. 

HUNDREDS OF REFUGEES RESETTLE IN OUR REGION EVERY YEAR THROUGH RESETTLEMENT AGENCIES, SECONDARY MIGRATION, AND ASYLUM APPROVALS

COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN INCLUDE: