[August 4, 2009] UNH Media Relations: “A new report from the University of New Hampshire shows that refugees, most of whom relocated to New Hampshire to escape war or persecution, found community support was critical to their success while social services were lacking.
“‘In response to the struggles of refugees, many residents of New Hampshire have come forward to personally and collectively provide community-based support for the newcomers. Refugees also receive vital assistance from other refugees, many of whom come from other countries of origin,’ the researchers said.
“Researchers noted that refugee voices serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Shortages in services for refugees have helped to identify and publicize problems that all low-income people, and increasingly all residents, face in trying to build a decent life.
The report, “Refugee Resettlement in New Hampshire: Pathways and Barriers to Building Community,” was conducted by Nina Glick Schiller, professor of anthropology and the James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities; JerriAnne Boggis, UNH director of diversity programs and community outreach; Molly Messenger, founder of the UNH Committee on Rights and Justice (CORAJ); and Emily Douglas, assistant professor of social work, Bridgewater State College.” To read the report in full, click here.