Poster: Cities as a Safe Haven? Resettlement of Urban Refugees in the U.S.
Explore how to support refugees populations in your community through planning but reviewing an analysis of 50+ studies regarding refugee resettlement in the United States.
As of 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced among which 21.3 million were defined as refugees.The U.S. has been playing a pivotal role in providing a second home to these populations since its first acceptance of more than 250,000 Europeans fleeing their countries amid World War II in 1948. Despite the significant role of the U.S. as one of the leading countries that have long served a large size of refugee population by providing them with a safe haven, there has been a gap in research on refugees and their experiences in cities, especially compared to voluntary migrants better known as “immigrants.” Therefore, this project is to shed light on the patterns and trends of resettlement among refugees who have resettled in the cities in the U.S. and offer implications that could be used in planning for such minority populations. A sample of at least 50 studies on refugee resettlement will be pulled and analyzed in finding answers to these questions. In specific, this study aims at analyzing a wide range of studies on refugee resettlement pulled from a variety of fields in investigating refugees’ experiences in housing, transportation, employment, education, and health.
The poster will include basic statistics of sample studies and refugee groups included in the studies for analysis, their settlement patterns as identified in the studies using maps, and quotes from interview data cited in the sample studies. Photos of places that have been developed by refugees as ethnic enclaves will be incorporated to give a better sense of their resettlement. A couple of boxes will be designed within the poster to give definitions of key terminologies.
This poster is expected to enable participants at the National Planning Conference (NPC) to further their understanding of refugees whose absolute number tends to be small but is on the rise globally. In addition, this understanding will help them identify issues that are pertinent to refugees in their own communities and facilitate ways to induce their participation in local planning processes. Sharing this study at the NPC in 2017 is of much more significance given the location of the event; as one of the three major cities that have received a significant number of refugees, New York City has a long-standing history of refugee resettlement of diverse ethnic groups.
Confirmed SpeakerSeyeon Hwang is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Florida in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. She has worked as a part-time consultant and researcher specializing in public policy and international development for government agencies, universities, research institutes, and a marketing company. Her interests are forced migration and displacement, integration and resettlement, housing, international development and planning, and urban policy. She has been working as Newsletter Editor for APA’s Housing & Community Development Division since 2014.