Refugee Resettlement:

Initial Reception and Placement Assistance

NSIAD-93-193BR: Published: Jun 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the initial resettlement assistance provided to refugees entering the United States, focusing on: (1) what assistance the voluntary agencies (volags) agree to deliver; (2) how volags provide assistance; and (3) whether volags are fulfilling their agreements.

GAO found that: (1) the Bureau of Refugee Programs' cooperative agreements give volags and their affiliates flexibility in the assistance provided to refugees; (2) the agreements describe the core services that must be provided or made available to refugees for at least 90 days, unless otherwise specified; (3) there is no requirement that each refugee receive the same assistance or that volags expend at least the per capita grant amount on each refugee; (4) volags meet agreement requirements in different ways by the type of housing provided, the amount of cash distributed, the frequency of refugee referrals to welfare, how employment is provided, and the extent they rely on relatives; and (5) volags and their affiliates are generally in compliance with their agreements.

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