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Gallagher, Vickie Coleman; Porter, Tracy; Valcea, Sorin; Baran, Benjamin
In FY18, the United States has received 18,214 refugees with Ohio receiving 6.69% of that total, which places Ohio second only to Texas. In partnership with one of largest refugee resettlement agencies in Ohio, this study explored the experiences of refugees from Ukraine, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Syria. A literature review, interviews, and mini focus group suggest a diverse set of experiences, yet some common themes. Such themes include a can-do attitude, perseverance, and a long-term orientation towards success. In contrast to refugees from Syria and Ukraine, DRC refugees experience additional challenges due to prolonged residence in refugee camps. Some differences in gender dynamics across these three groups were also observed. Interviews with refugee-assistance employees revealed additional themes, including novel responses to managing relationships among employers, refugees, and other staff members.
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Mullins, Ahna, "Socioeconomic mobility of local refugees: An analysis of Syrian, Congolese and Ukrainian/Russian refugees" (2018). Undergraduate Research Posters 2018. 59.