The results of a Colorado study on refugee integration are in: Most refugees are working hard to contribute to society and the economy. In fact, the study found that 75 percent of refugees were “highly integrated” after living in the U.S. for four years. Additional findings include:
- 90 percent work 30 hours per week or more
- 60 percent speak fluent English
- 70 percent report being fairly compensated for their level of education in the workplace
- 67 percent spend time with people with different ethnic backgrounds from their own
- 80 percent celebrate American holidays
The data came from a survey of nearly all Somali, Iraqi, Bhutanese and Burmese refugees living in Colorado that came to the United States between January 2011 and March 2012. This is the Colorado Department of Human Services’ fifth annual study on refugee integration.
While extensive scrutiny of U.S. refugee programs continues, it is important to examine refugee integration trends and acknowledge the contributions of refugees in America.
Asylum And Refugee Status In The United States
People seeking asylum in the U.S. must meet a variety of eligibility requirements to obtain refugee status in the United States. One must be referred by a U.S. Embassy official based on humanitarian concerns and may be required to prove persecution in their home country. Refugees who are already in the U.S. may petition to bring their spouses and children to America.
If you or a family member is outside of the U.S., our immigration attorneys can verify whether you meet the requirements to come to America. We encourage you to contact us if you or a loved one is considering applying for asylum. If a mistake is made on the application, it can impact any future eligibility for immigration benefits.