Our Mission

The mission of the Refugee Resettlement Program is to help refugees and their families obtain employment, economic self-sufficiency and social integration within the shortest possible time after their arrival into the Commonwealth.

Events and News

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Important Message from Eskinder Negash

For individuals wishing to contact the State about Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC):

The Unaccompanied Alien Children Program is a federal program. The State Refugee Resettlement Program is not involved in the custody, transport or placement of UACs. We are therefore unable to address your comments.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement is the entity with responsibility for UACs, including placing them with relatives in states throughout the country while the immigration authorities determine their future. As UACs do not have refugee status, they are not eligible for services offered through our program, nor for other state or federal benefits.

Additional information is available from HHS at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/ucs/about


The Refugee Resettlement Program's providers often host special events and distribute articles containing relevant and important information about current refugee populations. Publicizing events, news, and current happenings pertinent to the refugee communities and our program is a major part of our program's effort.

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World Refugee Day Celebrations in Pennsylvania
PA Refugee State Plan for 2012 Fiscal Year- The revised Refugee State Plan for the 2012 fiscal year is now available.
Downloadable presentations- Presentations from our statewide consultations are available for download.
PA Refugee State Plan for 2012 Fiscal Year- The revised Refugee State Plan for the 2012 fiscal year is now available.
Refugee 101 Training Materials Now Available!- The Pennsylvania Refugee Health Program's Refugee 101 Training Materials are now available to our service providers.

Arrival Statistics

Since October 1, 1991, refugees from over thirty countries have resettled in the Commonwealth, representing diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. The Cumulative Arrival figures presented here include refugees per se, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Amerasian immigrants and Kurdish asylees initially resettled in Pennsylvania. Not included are other asylees, and refugees initially resettled in other states.

Most refugee resettlement entails reunification of family members and/or planned placement in regions where there are good prospects for rapid employment and sufficient support services to facilitate adjustment to life in the United States.
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Click here to explore and learn more about the various countries of Pennsylvania's refugees
Click here to explore and learn more about the various home countries of Pennsylvania's refugees.



Pictured is Mohammed (middle), Jamal Sidik, Job Developer (right), and Zoya Kravetz, Director of Refugee Assistance at JEVS Human Services (left).

Mr. Mohammed Al Juboori is a 27 year old refugee from Iraq where he was working as an Air Traffic controller at Baghdad International Airport. He arrived to the United States in December 2014 with his family. Following his arrival, he sought employment through the JEVS Center for New Americans in Philadelphia.

Initially, he was assigned to volunteering activities in an ESL Class where he helped clients from different countries to learn English. He was very active, helpful, and motivated, and also volunteered for community activities.

Mohammed worked with the various level students, either individually or in a classroom. Clients liked him and respected him. He developed a friendship with the clients and continued mentoring them after they left the program. Mohammed assisted in a very pleasant manner with job search, and in the computer lab. He liked to conduct job preparation workshops and prepare clients for job interviews and was extremely dependable.

Mohammed’s dream was to work in his field at an airport but feeling a sense of responsibility, he was ready to take any available jobs to support his family and really begin his new life in the U.S.

When a job at Walmart was offered to Mohammed, he took it without hesitation despite the pay being only $8.00 per hour and he began his new job as a Sales Associate. Sometime later, another employment opportunity arose and Mohammed started working as a Machine Operator and paid a higher salary.

Mohammed was recognized by Governor Tom Wolf as being a contributing and valued member of the local community.

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