Domestic Resettlement of Indochinese Refugees:

Struggle for Self-Reliance

HRD-77-35: Published: May 10, 1977. Publicly Released: May 10, 1977.

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Attention is directed toward the resettlement phase of the Indochinese refugee program, which includes the placement of refugees with sponsors and their initial steps toward integration into American society.

The Department of State contracted with 9 professional voluntary agencies and 10 State and local organizations to process Indochina refugees through U.S. reception centers, the final goal being resettlement. Confusion and misunderstanding, especially concerning resettlement fees, resulted from the broad contracts between the Department and the agencies. Once resettled, many refugees went on the welfare rolls.

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