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Making a Place to Call Home: Faith, the State, and Refugee Resettlement Organizations in the U.S.

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This paper addresses the role secular and faith based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play in refugee resettlement. Very little research has been conducted on refugee resettlement NGOs. Most scholarly research on refugees focuses on emergency humanitarian assistance by international organizations, and few researchers have paid attention to refugees after they have migrated to a resettlement country. I examine how NGOs assist in the process of refugee resettlement in the United States. I use qualitative interviews with resettlement NGO staff in four cities (Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Sacramento). I describe what services resettlement NGOs provide to refugees, and how faith-based and secular NGOs are different from or similar to each other. Finally, I consider how the current political climate resulting from the September 11 attacks has affected resettlement NGOs. This research contributes to our knowledge of how the nonprofit sector and government agencies collaborate to help refugees resettle and adapt to life in the U.S. It uncovers the changes in resettlement policies in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks, and how resettlement NGOs have adapted to these new conditions. The findings from this project also contribute to immigration studies broadly by more fully theorizing the state.

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Nawyn, Stephanie. "Making a Place to Call Home: Faith, the State, and Refugee Resettlement Organizations in the U.S." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA,, Aug 14, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p110330_index.html>

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Nawyn, S. J. , 2004-08-14 "Making a Place to Call Home: Faith, the State, and Refugee Resettlement Organizations in the U.S." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA, Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p110330_index.html

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Abstract: This paper addresses the role secular and faith based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play in refugee resettlement. Very little research has been conducted on refugee resettlement NGOs. Most scholarly research on refugees focuses on emergency humanitarian assistance by international organizations, and few researchers have paid attention to refugees after they have migrated to a resettlement country. I examine how NGOs assist in the process of refugee resettlement in the United States. I use qualitative interviews with resettlement NGO staff in four cities (Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Sacramento). I describe what services resettlement NGOs provide to refugees, and how faith-based and secular NGOs are different from or similar to each other. Finally, I consider how the current political climate resulting from the September 11 attacks has affected resettlement NGOs. This research contributes to our knowledge of how the nonprofit sector and government agencies collaborate to help refugees resettle and adapt to life in the U.S. It uncovers the changes in resettlement policies in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks, and how resettlement NGOs have adapted to these new conditions. The findings from this project also contribute to immigration studies broadly by more fully theorizing the state.

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Making a Place to Call Home: Faith the State and Refugee Resettlement Organizations in the U.S. Stephanie J. Nawyn Department of Sociology University of Southern California Submitted for Presentation at the 2004 American Sociological Association Summary This paper addresses the role faith-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play in refugee resettlement. In 2000 the U.S. accepted over 72 000 refugees (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service 2000) and refugee resettlement NGOs made that possible. States and international governing bodies that assist and
Eric C. 2002. "Religious versus secular human service organizations: Implications for public policy." Social Science Quarterly 83:947-961. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. 2000. "Statistical yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service 2000." U.S. Government Printing Office Washington DC. U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics. 2003. 2002 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Winkler Elizabeth. 1981. "Voluntary agencies and government policy." International Migration Review 15:95-98. Zetter Roger. 1999. "International perspectives of refugee assistance." Pp. 46-82 in


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