Why Refugees come to the United States?
Refugees come to the United States for a variety of reasons. The most widely known reasons are to escape from war torn areas, or political/personal persecution.
That being the case, several categories have been established to classify the people entering the United States.
- Asylee** & Parolee*** (for Cubans & Haitians)
- Class B Immigrant
- Class B Refugee
- Refugee- by definition is escaping an area of conflict.
- Apply to United States for refugee status
- Go through a screening process for disease and vaccinations
- Can take up to 10 years
- Asylees- are under the protection of the United States Government if they:
- Had a visa to enter the United States or are here illegally (Parolee)
- Asked the government for asylum due to threats to their personal safety
- Class B Immigrant- are immigrants into the United States but have a medical condition that must be addressed soon after arrival i.e.: Abnormal chest x-ray, pregnancy, Hypertension, Cancer, HIV.
- Class B Refugees- are considered the same as regular refugees, except for abnormal medical findings on their pre-departure physical that is done in the country of origin.
|* Refugees:||Individuals granted refugee status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) while outside the U.S. Refugees are unable to live in their country of origin because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.|
|** Asylees:||Individuals granted asylum by the USCIS after entering the U.S. Asylees are unable to return to their country of origin because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.|
|*** Parolees:||Individuals with special permission to enter the U.S. under emergency conditions or when that person’s entry into the U.S. is considered to be in the public’s interest.|
Refugees arrive from all areas of the world.
Services provided by the Refugee Health Clinic
|Communicable disease screenings|
|Refugees receive an introduction to the health care system in the United States|
|Services are provided with area relief agencies, service organizations, local healthcare facilities and providers.|
|Services are provided through the use of interpreters or a language line as needed|
|Referrals for medical care|
• Monday - Friday
• For more information or to schedule an appointment call: Lourdes Ramos -Pearson (919) 560-7639.
• Refugee Health Supervisor: Ponice Moore Bryant (919) 560-7886
To learn more about Refugees
|Immigration and Refugee Program||Immigrant and Refugee Health|
Church World Service
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
|Refugee Resettlement||NC Refugee Assistance Program|
| World Relief
801 Gilbert Street, # 209
"Refugees resettled in Durham County are scheduled for health screening, and the refugee is tested for communicable illness and conditions, including tuberculosis and HIV. "