Publications and Resources
The United States accepts approximately 50,000 refugees each year from diverse regions of the world. The Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center specializes in the development of materials that help refugee newcomers understand fundamental aspects of life in the United States. Our publications include culture profiles and phrasebooks designed to build cultural and linguistic understanding between newly arrived refugees and their American communities. Some of these publications are described below.
Refugee backgrounders provide key information about new refugee groups for U.S. resettlement workers and include sections on the need for resettlement of the group to the United States, cultural attributes of the group, and resettlement considerations, as well as a one page statistical summary. Learn more about our Refugee Backgrounders, including Refugees from Iraq, our newest publication.
Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees
This resettlement guide is given to all refugees overseas once they have been approved for resettlement to the United States. The Guidebook provides refugees with information about fundamental aspects of life in the United States. Learn more about the guidebook.
Culture profiles are designed for service providers and individuals assisting newcomers to the United States. They provide a basic introduction to the people, history, and culture of different refugee groups. Learn more about culture profiles.
Refugee Families and Refugee Youth Videos
These two videos, packaged on one VHS or DVD, were created to help refugees and refugee providers learn about the issues faced by refugee families and refugee youth as they adapt to their new lives in the United States. Learn more.
Current Refugee Orientation Practices in U.S. Resettlement Agencies
This report includes a review of the current orientation practices of resettlement agencies and the identification of emerging program models. Learn more.
The English phrases provided in these easy-to-use books have been selected both for their brevity and their usefulness in daily activities of American life. More information and a listing of the available languages can be found at our online store.
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