Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-31-2015

First Advisor

Andrew Lehren

Second Advisor

Ben Lesser

Subject Concentration

International

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

While heated arguments have been sparked by President Obama’s plan to accept more Syrians, one key aspect remains little examined in the public debate: the government’s long-running program for helping refugees establish new lives in America.

The federal government oversees a complex program to help refugees come to this country. But is is an effort that does not live up to all its promises, leaving the path more difficult for refugees to adapt to their new homeland. A NYCity News Service investigation examining hundreds of audits, financial filings and internal government reports found government-funded refugee charities contracted to help the newcomers are misspending money. Promised services are delayed or never delivered, medical care is often postponed beyond guidelines, and there is little monitoring to track if needed help gets to refugees.

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