U.S. Refugee Resettlement – Reception of Refugees

The United States was founded and has grown through the years as a nation of immigrants. Throughout its history it has welcomed refugees and immigrants to its shores, finding welcoming communities across the country where newcomers can put down roots. Today that same mission continues each year as more than 70,000 refugees were admitted to the United States in fiscal year 2015 alone.

We are one of nine agencies responsible for receiving refugees when they arrive. This work involves a local office network in 21 different states throughout the U.S. Our 34 offices provide for refugees when they first arrive, and then set to work with families through the integration process.

Caseworkers aid newcomers with job skills training, English language classes, cultural orientation sessions and a host of other resources and assistance that help refugees to become self-sufficient within the shortest time possible. Often refugees have spent more than a decade living in a camp setting where they were unable to work or continue their education. Arriving in the U.S. provides that opportunity, and helps them to eventually give back to the communities that welcomed them.

Key Partners

Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Dept. of State BPRM, Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizen and Immigration Services.


More than 7,000 refugees resettled in Federal Fiscal Year 2015