Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center
Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY 2012
Refugee family navigating American subway system. Photo courtesy of UNHCR/K.S. Shrestha.

The Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2012: Report to Congress provides information on the nature of the refugee situation, the number and allocation of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. and analyzes the geo-political conditions of their countries of origin. It also shares useful information on movement and resettlement plans and their estimated costs. This report presents important information that will help health and mental health providers increase their understanding of arriving populations. Here are some highlights of this report that pertain to regions from which refugees have been or will be resettled to the U.S.:
  • The proposed resettlement number from the Africa Program is 12,000, which includes the approved pipeline of 8,500 from FY 2011. The breakdown by region is 10,000 from East and Southern Africa; 1,000 from West and Central Africa; and 1,000 from outside of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The proposed ceiling from the East Asia Program is 18,000, including the approved pipeline of 11,000 from FY 2011. Refugees from this region are primarily ethnic minorities from Burma, mostly Karen, Karenni, and Kachin.
  • The proposed ceiling for Europe and Central Asia is 2,000, primarily religious minorities processed in the countries of former Soviet Union under the Lautenberg Amendment.
  •  The Latin America and Caribbean Program's proposed ceiling is 5,500 and it is expected to primarily be comprised of Cuban refugees.
  • The Near East and South Asia Program's proposed ceiling for FY 2012 is 35,500, with an approved pipeline of 25,000 from FY 2011. The caseload includes vulnerable Iraqis, Bhutanese, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans.

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Upcoming Webinar
Clinical Care for Refugees with HIV Infection
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Presenter: Sondra Crosby, MD, Co-Director of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center. Details: This webinar will explore screening refugees for HIV infection and clinical care for HIV-positive refugees. The target audience is clinicians, primary care doctors, and refugee health coordinators. Registration details coming soon. 

October Webinar Resources


Domestic Refugee Health Screening Models and Clinical Guidelines 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Presenters: William Stauffer, MD, University of Minnesota; and Paul Geltman, MD, Massachusetts Refugee and Immigrant Health Program and Boston University School of Medicine. Details: This webinar focused on discussing initial screening guidelines for newly arrived refugees and models for public health screening. It was targeted towards clinicians, primary care doctors, and refugee health coordinators.
Funding Opportunities
Preferred Communities Program
Due March 1, 2012.
Funding to support the resettlement of newly arriving refugees in Preferred Communities where they have ample opportunities for early employment and sustained economic independence and to address special populations who need intensive case management, culturally and linguistically appropriate linkages, and coordination with other service providers to improve their access to services. 

Ethnic Community Self Help Program
Due March 13, 2012. Funding for ethnic community based and faith-based organizations to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations to ensure ongoing support and services to refugees within five years after initial resettlement. The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee communities which have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years (no earlier than 2005).

Standing Announcement for Supplemental Services for Recently Arrived Refugees
Due March 16, 2012.
Funding of the Supplemental Services for Recently Arrived Refugees program to provide services to newly arriving refugees or sudden and unexpected large secondary migration of refugees where communities are not sufficiently prepared in terms of linguistic or culturally appropriate services and/or do not have sufficient service capacity. This program is solely in support of newly arriving refugees (i.e. within the last two years) and/or sudden or unexpected secondary migration. 

RHTAC is a project of the Refugee and Immigrant Health Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience at Children's Hospital Boston, the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at Center for Applied Linguistics, and John Snow Research and Training Institute, Inc.  RHTAC is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. Grant #90RB0042.  


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Guidelines for Evaluation of the Nutritional Status and Growth in Refugee Children during the Domestic Medical Screen Examination

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011).


Video: Refugee Seniors in the United States

Cultural Orientation Resource Center (2011).

This video is composed of interviews with refugee seniors from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan, speaking about their refugee background and experiences in the U.S.  


Video: Safe Medication Use and My Medicines (a record keeper for women)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2011).  

This public service announcement video highlights tips for safe medication use and encourages women to keep a My Medicines record keeper for prescription tracking. There are additional FDA materials in multiple languages. 


Free Mammography Resources

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2011).   

Join the Office of Women's Health's (OWH) Pink Ribbon Sunday program and distribute free mammography resources in your community. 


Admissions Reports 

Refugees and Asylees: 2010   

Martin (2011). Office of Immigration Statistics. Policy Directorate.


2010 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics  

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2011). 


The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Consultation & Worldwide Processing Priorities  

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2011). 


Webinar Archives    

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Refugees in Primary Care Settings

July 27, 2011


HIV and Refugee Resettlement  

June 23, 2011

Suicide Among Refugees: Understanding the Social and Cultural Context for Prevention Strategies

May 17, 2011