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Can You Tell Refugee Facts From Fiction?

Since Trump's executive order on refugees, there's a lot of misinformation (read: "alternative facts") buzzing around. How much do you know about this pressing issue?

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  1. What percentage of refugees arrive in the United States with no family or connections?

    Imagine coming to a brand new country without any connections...
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    Imagine coming to a brand new country without any connections...

    10 - 20%
    10 - 20%
    50 - 60%
    50 - 60%
    80 - 90%
    80 - 90%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    50 - 60%

    Just over of refugees enter the United States with no place to go and no one to help them through the process of adjustment and integration.

    50 - 60%
  2. For how long are refugees granted public housing?

    After arriving, refugees must pay off their travel debts to the U.S. government within 42 months. They also have to enroll their kids in school, learn English (if they're not native speakers) and find a job. For how long are they granted public housing?
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    After arriving, refugees must pay off their travel debts to the U.S. government within 42 months. They also have to enroll their kids in school, learn English (if they're not native speakers) and find a job. For how long are they granted public housing?

    90 days
    90 days
    2 years
    2 years
    Indefinitely
    Indefinitely
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    90 days

    Refugees have 90 before finding safe and affordable housing is up to them.

    90 days
  3. How much does each refugee receive from the U.S. government?

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    $1,125 monthly
    $1,125 monthly
    $1,125 one time only
    $1,125 one time only
    $5,125 monthly
    $5,125 monthly
    $5,125 one time only
    $5,125 one time only
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Each refugee receives one payment of $1,125.

    That amount is supposed to cover housing, transportation, household items, clothing, pocket cash, and all other expenses.

    Each refugee receives one payment of $1,125.
  4. How long does the State Department’s role in domestic resettlement last for each refugee?

    The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (of the Department of State) provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States' population and migration policies.
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    The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (of the Department of State) provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States' population and migration policies.

    90 days
    90 days
    2 years
    2 years
    5 years
    5 years
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    90 days

    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Department of Health and Human Services also funds programs for which refugees are eligible up to five years after arrival. So, although the State Department’s role in domestic resettlement is limited to the first 90 days, ORR funding can take over after that.

    90 days
  5. Are refugees undocumented immigrants?

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    Yes
    Yes
    No
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    No.

    Refugees are legal entrants to the United States: they have applied for asylum.

    No.
  6. True or False: Refugees are vetted intensely before they are permitted to enter the United States.

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    True
    True
    False
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    TRUE

    Refugees have the most extreme vetting of anyone who comes to the U.S., including more background checks than anyone else. The entire process can take up to two years. Learn more about the process here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/29/us/refugee-vetting-process.html

    TRUE
  7. In fiscal 2016, the highest number of refugees came from which nation?

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    Syria
    Syria
    Myanmar (Burma)
    Myanmar (Burma)
    Iraq
    Iraq
    Somalia
    Somalia
    The Democratic Republic of Congo
    The Democratic Republic of Congo
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Democratic Republic of Congo

    In fiscal 2016, the Congo accounted for 16,370 refugees followed by Syria (12,587), Burma (aka Myanmar, with 12,347), Iraq (9,880) and Somalia (9,020). Over the past decade, the largest numbers of refugees have come from Burma (159,692) and Iraq (135,643).

    The Democratic Republic of Congo

Can You Tell Refugee Facts From Fiction?

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With so much news out there, it's hard to know what's real. Try Pew Research, U.S. Department of State, and reputable organizations like IRC and HIAS for the real facts on refugees. Want to learn more? Check out our guide to understanding the refugee crisis: http://connect.ophope.org/understanding-the-refugee-crisis-report

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You've got a good start, but there's so much more. Try Pew Research, U.S. Department of State, and reputable organizations like IRC and HIAS for the real facts on refugees. Want to learn more? Check out our guide to understanding the refugee crisis: http://connect.ophope.org/understanding-the-refugee-crisis-report

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"Alternative facts" don't get past you. Congratulations on being an expert on determining what's real! Want to learn more? Check out our guide to understanding the refugee crisis: http://connect.ophope.org/understanding-the-refugee-crisis-report

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