Refugee resettlement: National structure and local inputs that influence Massachusetts’s refugee assistance programs

Title: Refugee resettlement: National structure and local inputs that influence Massachusetts’s refugee assistance programs

 Author: Maineri, Terese-Louise

Date: 2002

Description: Master’s thesis, Clark University, Department of International Development and Social Change

This paper examines the Massachusetts Refugee Resettlement Program by focusing on Lutheran Social Services Refugee and Immigrant Services of Worcester, a nonprofit social service agency which assists refugees with resettlement in Worcester, Massachusetts. The author considers Neo-liberalism, New Institutional Economics and participatory development as they relate to the Massachusetts Refugee Resettlement Program. The study indicates that the participation of refugees in decision-making improves the likelihood that they will achieve self-sufficiency rather than depend on federal aid.

Keywords: refugees, resettlement programs, participatory development, self-sufficiency, Neo-liberalism, New Institutional Economics, Massachusetts

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder/ B. J. Perkins

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