Since 1975, Catholic Community Services of Utah’s Refugee Resettlement Program has resettled thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bosnia, Burma, Chad, the Congo, Cuba, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, the Former Soviet Union and Vietnam. Many of these refugees have fled war-torn countries, the atrocities of war and repression, and other inhumane conditions.
Who is a Refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, he or she cannot return home or is afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.
This definition comes from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The United Nations General Assembly established the UNHCR in 1950 to help the WWII refugees. Since then, the agency has resettled millions of displaced persons and works in more than 100 countries. Want to know more information on the process of resettlement? Click Here
What We Do
Catholic Community Services of Utah’s Refugee Resettlement Program provides refugees the assistance they need to become self-sufficient in their new home. Our experienced staff offers clients a variety of services including case management, job placement, health services, interpretation, transportation, housing, food assistance, volunteer opportunities and more for the first two years following arrival.
For More Information:
- Read "Why Hire a Refugee?" and contact us.
- Read "Welcome the Stranger Among Us" to help our resettlement efforts.
- Learn more about refugees and migration from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Learn about the legal process a refugee goes through here
- Visit the Utah Department of Workforce Service’s Refugee Services Office page.
- Visit the United Nations Refugee Agency page.