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Refugee Myths EXPOSED  

Myth Fact

Refugees come to the U.S. by choice or for economic reasons. Refugees were forced to flee their home country due to persecution on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. They are granted protection through a formal application process under the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Myth Fact

Refugees are unskilled and do not speak English. Some refugees come from agrarian societies and others left careers as doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. Although many refugees come to the U.S. as beginners at English language, other refugees are fluent in English or even multilingual. Refugee resettlement agencies provide ESL (English as a Second Language) courses to recent arrivals.

Myth Fact

Refugees enjoy enormous benefits and do not work. Refugees find employment quickly as they are typically required to make payments on their travel loans (for their journeys to the U.S.) within 6 months of their arrival. Financial assistance is available to help new arrivals receive food, housing, essential furniture, and clothing for their first 30- 90 days and programs vary by state. In California, for example, the maximum cash payment to a single refugee is $359 per month.

Source: State of California Refugee Programs Bureau

Myth Fact

Refugees do not pay taxes. Refugees are subject to the same employment, property, sales, and other taxes as U.S. citizens.

Refugee Myths  

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