Refugee FAQs

Who is a refugee?
Who is an asylee?
How many refugees do you resettle each year?
From which countries of origin do refugees come?
Where do you work?
What services do you provide?
Are refugees and asylees authorized to work in the U.S.?
How can I get involved?

Who is a refugee?
According to the United Nations, a refugee is a person who has fled his/her country due to a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group. Refugee status is granted through the U.S. Department of State. For more information on the refugee resettlement process, visit the Office of Refugee Resettlement website.

Who is an asylee?
Like a refugee, an asylee is also a person who has left his/her country and is afraid to go home due to a well-founded fear of persecution having to do with his/her race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group. Unlike refugees, who receive this immigration status from the State Department prior to their arrival in the U.S., individuals seeking asylum apply and are granted this status when they have already in the U.S.

How many refugees do you resettle each year?
In fiscal year 2016, LFS served over 4,400 refugees, asylees, secondary migrants, Cuban entrants, and victims of trafficking, making it the largest such program in Colorado and the only such program to serve outside the Denver metropolitan area.

From which countries of origin do refugees come?
Since 1978, LFS has served people from over 40 countries including Bhutan, Burma, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, and Ukraine. In 2010, the largest arriving population groups were from Bhutan, Burma, and Iraq.

Where do you work?
LFS receives new refugee arrivals to its offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley/Fort Morgan, and Albuquerque. Collectively, LFS has served refugees throughout the Rocky Mountain region, extending west to the mountain resort communities, east to Nebraska panhandle, and as far north as Montana.

What services do you provide?
LFS Refugee and Asylee Programs provide the following services, for refugees within up to five years of their date of arrival to the U.S:

Housing
Provide one-time housing placement assistance to newly-arrived refugees

Case Management
Support refugees as they navigate new systems in the U.S., especially within their first year of arrival

Employment Services
Help refugees prepare, keep, and excel at their first job in the U.S.

Community Services
Develop specialized neighborhood-based programs responding to the needs of newly-arrived refugees

Community Work Experience Programs
Prepare job-seeking refugees for employment through work experience opportunities at local businesses and vocational training courses

School Programs
Strengthen refugee children’s success in school through school-based enrichment programs and summer language camp

Women’s Empowerment Programs
Empower women through a variety of programs including microenterprise, life skills care groups, and financial education training

Immigration Legal Services
Help with applications for family reunification, citizenship and other limited services

Are refugees and asylees authorized to work in the U.S.?
All refugees and asylees are eligible to work based on their status. For more information, please see:
http://www.ssa.gov/immigration/documents.html

How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways to support refugees. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at your closest location to learn about current opportunities.  Denver     Colorado Springs     Albuquerque     Greeley/Fort Morgan