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Celebrating 30 Years RIAC
For over 30 years, refugees and immigrants have built a new home in Massachusetts through the support and dedication of RIAC and its predecessor. Today, refugees who have long made a home in Massachusetts welcome and support new arrivals at the beginning of their journey.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q.'S)
A refugee is an individual who has been forced to flee their country due to racial, religious, ethnic, social or political persecution. Refugee status is determined and granted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Refugees seeking resettlement apply to the UNHCR, which operates resettlement programs involving 24 countries. In order to be resettled in the USA, refugees must undergo a rigorous screening process lasting between two to five years, involving clearance by both the State Department and Homeland Security.
Despite there being 65 million refugees globally, less than 1% are referred for resettlement. The USA, as a leading humanitarian nation, has been accepting refugees since World War
Economic Contribution: Refugees play a significant role in boosting the economy. Many refugees are highly skilled professionals in various fields, and they contribute to the economy by starting their businesses or finding employment.
Cultural Enrichment: refugees can bring diverse cultural perspectives to the community, which can lead to greater appreciation and understanding of different cultures.
Social Contribution: refugees contribute to the social fabric of a community.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: many refugees have overcome significant challenges and can bring unique perspectives to problem-solving. They can use their experiences to develop innovative solutions that benefit their community and contribute to economic
Food & Clothing Provisions
Health Insurance Enrollment/Health Assessment Referrals
Social Security Enrollment
English Class Enrollment
Job Skills Training & Resume Development
Employer Outreach & Job Placement
Refugees resettled by RIAC are coming from:
Central African Republic