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Refugees In America In The 1990s

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This volume introduces the reader to an important set of newcomers to America. Two overview chapters introduce the U.S. refugee program and the general patterns in resettlement and adaptation. The chapters cover the origins of the program, its development through successive waves of refugees and layers of legislation, the life experiences that refugees bring with them, the problems they must confront, and the ways they rebuild their lives. The heart of the book, however, is Part II, which provides chapters on the...

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Overview

This volume introduces the reader to an important set of newcomers to America. Two overview chapters introduce the U.S. refugee program and the general patterns in resettlement and adaptation. The chapters cover the origins of the program, its development through successive waves of refugees and layers of legislation, the life experiences that refugees bring with them, the problems they must confront, and the ways they rebuild their lives. The heart of the book, however, is Part II, which provides chapters on the largest groups of refugees who have resettled since World War II. Each chapter examines the cultural and social context from which the refugees came, traces their initial and long-term encounters with American society, and assesses their future prospects.

The refugee groups covered include Afghans, ethnic Chinese from Southeast Asia, Cubans, Eastern European refugees, Ethiopians and Eritreans, Haitians, Hmong, Iranians, Khmer, Lao, Soviet Jews, and Vietnamese. The final section of the book provides additional comparative documentation on the refugee experience. Separate chapters review the major federal agency statistics, examine public attitudes toward refugees, and outline the broader global refugee problem. The book concludes with a review of film documentaries on refugee adaptation and an annotated bibliography introducing the extensive information now available on refugees in the United States.

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Largely rewritten from the 1985 edition to account for radical changes in the situation of refugees, the expansion of both the quantity and quality of research on them, and the much broader range of refugee groups. The core chapters describing individual groups are supported by overviews and comparative studies. Among the groups considered are Afghans, Cubans, Ethiopians and Eritreans, Hmong, Iranians, and Soviet Jews. The selected bibliography is substantially annotated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313293443
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 478
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID W. HAINES who has a Ph.D. in social anthropology, has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level and has served as a research and policy analyst for the federal refugee program.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Refugee Resettlement in the United States 3
2 Patterns in Refugee Resettlement and Adaptation 28
3 Afghans 63
4 Chinese from Southeast Asia 81
5 Cubans 102
6 Eastern Europeans 121
7 Ethiopians and Eritreans 147
8 Haitians 170
9 Hmong 191
10 Iranians 213
11 Khmer 232
12 Lao 259
13 Soviet Jews 279
14 Vietnamese 305
15 The Origins and Initial Resettlement Patterns of Refugees in the United States 331
16 Public and Political Opinion on the Admission of Refugees 355
17 Hardening the Heart: The Global Refugee Problem in the 1990s 372
18 Documentary Films about Refugees 383
19 An Annotated Introduction to the Literature 397
Index 443
About the Contributors 463
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