North Carolina’s Refugee Population
Contributed by Dr. Allen Lynn
Encounters with refugee populations are a surprise for many of those new to teaching ESL in North Carolina. However, over 14,000 refugees from over 25 countries have been resettled in North Carolina in the past ten years (U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement). And although each refugee family has their own unique set of circumstances, there are some general recommendations for helping them integrate.
A great resource is the following community diagnosis report compiled by the resettlement agency directors from locations across the state:
We would love to hear about your own experiences with refugee children in your classrooms.