Viewpoints in Homeland Defense and Security: Thesis Series: You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee: An Analysis of Selected Refugee Resettlement Programs to Improve Comprehensive Integration Outcomes in 'Free Case' Refugee Resettlement [video]   [open html - 0B]

From the Video Description: "NPS-CHDS [Naval Postgraduate School-Center for Homeland Defense and Security] master's graduate Will Bierman (MA1803/1804), Field Office Director at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [hyperlink] in the Department of Homeland Security [hyperlink], talks about how, by law, refugees entering the United States must become self-sufficient as quickly as possible. But successful integration means more than achieving this benchmark. True integration involves social inclusion and ties to community and nation-particularly difficult for 'free case' refugees who have no family in the U.S. and are wholly reliant upon resettlement organizations. Will's thesis asks the question: How can free case refugee resettlement practices be improved to enhance the likelihood of sociocultural integration and create stronger ties to the United States? A comparative assessment of three resettlement programs was undertaken to identify best practices." The duration of the video is 17 minutes and 30 seconds. The complete thesis can be accessed at the following web address: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=834602].

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