Bhutanese refugees in diaspora: A case study towards integration and economic stability

Title: Bhutanese refugees in diaspora: A case study towards integration and economic stability

Author: Dhakal, Hari P.

Date: May 2012

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

This paper examines the status and current issues of the Bhutanese refugees living in Worcester, MA. Data was gathered through a twenty question survey distributed to 100 Bhutanese refugees, two focus groups guided by discussion and personal experience. The paper examines the Bhutanese refugee issues in the context of the Bhutanese government policy that forced them to leave their native country, their life in the refugee camps before coming to the U.S., and the challenges faced after resettlement in Worcester. The author places emphasis on English language skills and employment as key factors in the successful resettlement of Bhutanese refugees and their quest for self-sufficiency in the U.S.

Keywords: refugees, Bhutan, ethnic cleansing, travel loan, economic self-sufficiency, resettlement, vocational training, ESL

Cataloged by: Amy Totten/ B. J. Perkins

Linked by our past. Bound together by our future: An analysis of the social tensions between Africans and African-Americans in Worcester, Massachusetts

Title: Linked by our past. Bound together by our future: An analysis of the social tensions between Africans and African-Americans in Worcester, Massachusetts

Author: Sankofa, Quinton Etheridge

Date: 2009

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

This paper explores the social relations between newly arrived Africans and African-Americans in the United States. African-Americans and their descendants who have been living in the United States since the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade have questioned their bonds and links with Africa. Recently the number of new African immigrants has increased in the United States which creates a new context for this debate. To enrich the understanding of a very important but neglected topic of community formation and social relations, this paper uses a case study method to examine the relationship between these two groups and uses the city of Worcester as a case study.  The findings indicate that there are complex social tensions between newly migrated Africans and African-Americans.

Keywords: Africans, African-Americans, community formation, social tension, Massachusetts

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder/ B. J. Perkins

Redefining “basic” needs: Resettlement challenges and health of refugee families

Title: Redefining “basic” needs: Resettlement challenges and health of refugee families

Author: Simon, Corrina D.

Date: May 2008

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

This paper by way of interviews with eight African refugee families (24 individuals) in Worcester, MA, addresses three research questions. First, what challenges are refugee families still facing after one year in the U.S.? Second, how are these challenges related to health? Third, how can the Lutheran Refugee and Immigrant Services (LRIS) agency adjust their services to help refugees overcome these challenges? Of central concern to the refugees were health problems that resulted from trauma experienced in their countries of origin – Liberia, Cameroon and Somalia. The paper concludes that there is a need for resettlement agencies to incorporate culturally appropriate mental health services in order to meet their mission of providing for the basic needs and successful resettlement of refugees.

Keywords: refugees, community groups, immigration services, refugee services, refugee health, resettlement.

Cataloged by: Amy Totten/ B. J. Perkins