Project Reports

RRSC–PR14: Refugee Communities in Vermont and Food Security in Response to COVID-19

Author(s): Pablo Bose, Anitra Conover & Lucas Grigri
March 2021
Abstract: Access to affordable, healthy, sufficient and preferred foods is an ongoing issue for many newcomers in the US, as it is for many other populations across the country. For resettled refugees, food insecurity has particular implications for long-term and successful adjustment to their new homes and for rebuilding their lives. Such challenges have been further intensified as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The onset of COVID-19 has exposed multiple gaps and vulnerabilities within our social, economic and political systems. Like many other ‘natural disasters’ before it, COVID-19 has not so much created a crisis as it has revealed, amplified and worsened the existing vulnerabilities that many in our societies already face. The risks and burdens that fall upon marginalized communities have become especially sharpened in this moment. COVID-19 has highlighted one area of vulnerability in particular: the multiple fault lines in food systems worldwide, which include food processing, harvesting, storage, distribution, supply chains, and access to affordable, nutritious, and adequate foods. Ongoing research at UVM and elsewhere in the US indicates that within Vermont and the US, food insecurity amongst multiple groups has risen sharply as a result of the pandemic.


RRSC–PR13: Telehealth Experiences & Access Report 2021

Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri
March 2021
Abstract: During Summer 2020, AALV and a number of healthcare providers began to receive feedback, comments and questions based on refugee client experiences with telemedicine as a result of lockdowns and closures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. AALV thus decided to examine further the experiences of recently resettled refugees with telemedicine, focusing on issues of technology access, scheduling, assessment and treatment options. The following report is based on a survey of 200 AALV clients conducted between September and December 2020.


RRSC–PR12: Refugee Childcare Needs & Careers Report 2021

Author(s): Pablo Bose
January 2021
Abstract: The following report is based on two related surveys conducted by AALV and USCRI of a sample of their clients in December 2020. Individuals currently being served by both agencies were surveyed by staff (including case managers and interpreters) on two
related surveys, the first on childcare needs and the second on childcare as a career. There are a total of 40 respondents for the 28-question career survey and a total of 65 respondents for the 25-question needs survey.


RRSC–PR11: New American Employment Experience in Vermont (Preliminary Report)

Author(s): Pablo Bose, Isabel Dunkley, & Lucas Grigri
January 2020
Abstract: This preliminary report draws from interviews with a total of 27 individuals (10 employers, 13 employees and 4 service providers working in the field of employment assistance) to explore, analyze and document employment opportunities and challenges for New Americans in Vermont. The objective has been to identify important trends: what is working well, where improvements need to be made, and what we can learn about best practices from employers. With this information, the next step will be to create a best-practices toolkit for current and future employers of New Americans to support a safe and welcoming workplace. 


RRSC–PR10: Refugee Resettlement in the Nordic Region: Effects of the 2015 Migrant Crisis and PArallels with the United States

Author(s): Pablo Bose, Lucas Grigri, & Gillian Tiley
January 2019
Abstract: Our project considers the dynamics of refugee resettlement in small cities and towns in the US. As part of understanding the broader context of such processes, we also look at the global refugee regime – the numbers of refugees, forced migrants and asylum seekers on the move, acceptance rates in various countries within the international system, and the experiences of refugees in different countries of resettlement. The trend within the US over recent decades has been the placement of increasing numbers of refugees outside of the traditional ‘gateway’ or immigrant destination metropolitan centers such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, especially as the US resettlement program expanded during the Obama administration (Singer, Hardwick and Brettell, 2008). Yet refugee resettlement and immigration as a whole have faced a significant backlash before, during and since the 2016 Presidential election in the US, with particular scrutiny given to the numbers of refugees given sanctuary in the US and their countries of origin. In its first two years in office, the Trump administration has slashed the numbers of approved refugees to a third of their total under the previous regime (RPC, 2018). Such a backlash is not unique to the US; indeed, anti-immigrant sentiment, policies and practices have become common worldwide, including in many of the countries that have previously been an important part of the global refugee system. For many populist and right-wing political parties and movements in the Global North, nativism, xenophobia and anti-immigrant policies have been central to their policy platforms and their appeal. Even the Nordic countries, historically among the most liberal, welcoming democracies in the world, have not been immune to this trend (Greve et al., 2017).


RRSC–PR8: Changes to the Temporary Protected Status Program in the United States
Author(s): Pablo Bose, Lucas Grigri, & Sarah Barrett
August 2018
Overview: For recipients of temporary protection, their right to remain in new countries is extremely tenuous and leaves them as vulnerable to changes in political leadership and popular sentiment as to the conditions that forced them to flee in the first place. And for many, it means profound insecurity – unsure about their ability to stay in a temporary home and unable to return to their home country safely. Many who have received some form of temporary protected status worldwide (as opposed to the more long-lasting or ‘durable’ solutions of third-country resettlement, refugee status, or asylum protections) now find such programs progressively curtailed in the face of a global backlash against migrants (especially poorer migrants). Such has also been the experience of TPS grantees in the US under the current administration.


RRSC–PR9: Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Canada
Author(s): Brenna Foley, Pablo Bose, & Lucas Grigri
August 2018
Overview: As the world confronts an unprecedented forced migration crisis with over 65 million individuals displaced or seeking asylum (UNHCR, 2018), one of the most recent and well-known cases is Syria. Not only has the Syrian civil war
produced a large number of forced migrants, the prospect of resettlement in third countries has resulted in a serious backlash against refugees in many parts of the world. This can be attributed to a number of factors – rising radicalization and terrorist attacks worldwide, increasing support for right-wing political movements, xenophobia and Islamophobia in western countries, and various kinds of instability across the global system. While in many Western countries refugee resettlement and the acceptance of Syrian refugees has become controversial – and has often resulted in a narrowing of or ban on admissions – in Canada, the opposite is true.

RRSC–PR6: Refugee Resettlement Trends in the West
Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri
May 2018
Overview: This report focuses on refugee resettlement trends from FY2012-2016 for the West region of the United States. Historically, the Western United States has had extensive experience with migration, primarily with immigrants from Asia and Latin America (Gutierrez, 2013; Zong & Batalova 2016). Among these states, California has the largest foreign-born population, which also leads the entire United States, while states such as Arizona and Washington also have sizable immigrant populations (American Immigration Council, 2017). Refugee resettlement in this region is focused on many of these areas with large pre-existing foreign populations, but also extends to cities in eastern Washington, Idaho, and Utah that have less experience with immigration historically.


RRSC–PR5: Refugee Resettlement Trends in the South-Central US
Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri
May 2018
Overview: This report focuses on refugee resettlement trends from FY2012-2016 for the South-Central region of the United States. Within this particular region, there are some contrasting histories of migration. For example, Texas has a long history of immigration, particularly since 1970, when its immigrant population increased more than 400% over the following two decades and continued to rise through our study period (Bouvier & Martin, 1995; White et al., 2015). Missouri’s experience with migration, on the other hand, has come in more recent decades, especially since 1990 (Fennelly, 2012). All of the states featured in this region, however, have in common that the majority of their immigrant population comes from Latin America, although Texas also has a sizeable Asian population (American Immigration Council, 2017). Each state’s unique history with migration is important to consider when analyzing the effects of refugee resettlement in these areas.

RRSC–PR4: Refugee Resettlement Trends in the Midwest
Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri
May 2018
Overview: This report focuses on refugee resettlement trends from FY2012-2016 for the Midwest region of the United States. Historically, the Midwest has been less of a destination for immigrants than states along either coast or the southern border (Fennelly 2012). Outside of Illinois, all states are home to foreign-born populations below the national average. Many of these states, however, have seen significant rises in the proportion of foreign-born residents in their more recent history (especially since 1990) in large part due to state resettlement programs (Fennelly, 2008; Rehwalt, 2015).



RRSC–PR3: Refugee Resettlement Trends in the Southeast
Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri
April 2018
Overview: This report focuses on refugee resettlement trends from FY2012-2016 for the Southeast region of the United States. This region has been a key focus for many scholars in recent decades due in part to a significant growth in the foreign-born population, especially in terms of Latino labor migration as well as other forms of immigration. Studies have looked at the impact of such demographic change at multiple scales, from metropolitan regions like Raleigh-Durham, NC, Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA, to smaller cities as in the focus of our research, or in rural regions as well (Smith and Furuseth, 2006; Nelson and Nelson, 2011; Drever and Blue, 2010; Massey, 2008). In this report, we look at how refugee resettlement relates to this dynamic.


RRSC–PR7: Refugee Capacity in Context: A History of Recent Resettlement Numbers in the US

Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri

February 2018

Overview: The past three years have witnessed many upheavals in refugee resettlement patterns in the US as well as globally. Refugee placements have been affected both by the worldwide forced migration crisis – with the highest numbers of displaced seen since the end of WWII – and by a serious backlash against refugees in many of the nations that have long served as a backbone for third-country resettlement. The current US administration has set as its FY2018 targets for refugee acceptance the lowest numbers seen since the inception of the modern program in 1980. In this project report we briefly place into context what these reduced numbers mean historically in terms of established ceilings and admissions domestically and in relation to the specific circumstances that have driven displacement globally during the same time periods.

RRSC–PR2: Refugee Resettlement Trends in the Northeast

Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri

October 2017

Overview: This report focuses on refugee resettlement trends from FY2012-2016 for the Northeast region of the United States. We analyze resettlement on a regional scale, looking at cities listed as official resettlement sites within each region in terms of the absolute number of refugees approved for settlement in each site and how that figure compares to the city ’ s overall population and foreign-born population. The existing practice is that the US federal government announces an upper limit (a ‘ ceiling ’) on refugees it will accept for each fiscal year, a number that is then revised based on both local capacity and global conditions – such as new or changing migration crises.


RRSC-PR1: Refugee Resettlement Trends in the US

Author(s): Pablo Bose & Lucas Grigri

August 2017

Overview: This report summarizes US refugee resettlement trends from FY2012-2016.  We analyze resettlement at the national scale, looking at the country as a whole by comparing each state’s settlement capacities as determined by the federal government and its partner resettlement agencies on an annual basis.  The federal government announces an upper limit (a ‘ceiling’) on refugees it will accept for each fiscal year, a number that is then revised dependent on the capacities approved for each individual resettlement location as well as the shifting forced migration conditions globally after that initial allocation.