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What is the definition of a person having the status of “REFUGEE”?

The U.S. Refugee Program only receives people from a small group of annually selected countries. The U.S. criterion for choosing the countries is that people are not fleeing poverty or crime. Instead, the measure is that they have fled perilous persecution with grave danger of physical injury or death.

Is it safe to be with and to get to know refugees?

Every single member of the family is subjected to a thorough, extensive background investigation by the FBI and other agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the United Nations and with other global military and security enterprises. All refugees are given a thorough medical examination by both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. All inoculations and other necessary medical procedures have been conducted before they enter U.S. communities.

By what path does a refugee family become the one to be cared for by First Presbyterian?

The family is background-checked, interviewed, and deeply investigated over an extended time period. The progression of steps is thorough and exacting, conducted by a formidable sequence of esteemed government agencies and prominent, trusted nonprofit NGOs.

How can FPCG be helpful? 

Does First Presbyterian Greenwich have experience with refugee resettlement?

   During 2016 to 2018, FPCG served in this exact role (community sponsor) for a refugee family that fled persecution and the threat of death from the war in Syria. This family is now thriving magnificently with two children in Greenwich High School and one child in Julian Curtis Elementary School. Their single parent holds a managerial position in the world headquarters of a major global humanitarian nonprofit enterprise. FPCG was similarly successful with a Vietnamese family in the 1970’s.

Is the refugee system different from the appalling chaotic mess that is occurs on the U.S/Mexico border?

    Unlike the chaotic, bumbling, cruel government situation occurring for decades on the Mexico / U.S. border (i.e. the “asylum system”), the “Refugee” system is totally different. For people with refugee status, there is an elaborate, compassionate, and proven successful process which has been smoothly designed to swiftly acclimatize a new family in the American culture, to get the adults successfully employed, and to pave the way for the family’s progression to “permanent resident” status, and then U.S. citizenship.

What assistance can FPCG rely on to handle the various challenges of such an important responsibility?

   FPCG will directly interact with each of these organizations, which all share a collective responsibility for making each “refugee resettlement” case a success

What can you tell me about the most likely characteristics of the family we’ll assist?

   While we can’t know for certain until our family is released to Connecticut, there is a high likelihood that the family we support will have recently fled from Afghanistan’s terroristic takeover by the Taliban. During the past three months, the family will have been staying in the U.S. within the gates of a military base, e.g. Fort Bliss (Texas), McGuire/Dix (New Jersey), and Quantico (Virginia). It is likely that the father will have worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan, thus being partly fluent in English, often with an engineering background. The levels of education of the wives and children will vary widely.