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Welcome: Library Services to Multi-Lingual Communities in Connecticut: Refugee Resettlement in Connecticut

Services for Refugees

Federal Services

Administration of Children and Families: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

State Department: Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration: Refugee Processing Center

Connecticut's Statewide Services

Connecticut Department of Social Services: Refugee Assistance Program

  • The Office of Community Services of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is responsible for disbursing federal funds related to the resettlement of refugees in Connecticut.  Refugees are assigned by the U.S. State Department to local affiliates of national voluntary resettlement agencies in Connecticut. 

Connecticut Department of Public Health: Refugee and Immigrant Health Program

  • The Refugee and Immigrant Health Program (RIHP) provides annual reports on identified refugee health issues to federal agencies and to the Connecticut Department of Social Services, which is the lead state agency for refugee issues. The program cooperates with and complements the State Refugee Resettlement Plan by ensuring that refugee health problems are addressed promptly.

Services within Connecticut

The State contracts with the following agencies to provide resettlement services including case management, employment assistance, and additional supportive services to refugees:

  • Catholic Charities Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services, 35 Groton Street, Hartford, CT 06106, (860) 297-7800,
  • Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, 670 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605, (203) 336-0141, 
  • Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, 235 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT 06511, (203) 562-2095, 
  • Jewish Federation of CT, Inc., 40 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105, (860) 727-5701, 
  • Connecticut Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations, Inc., 2074 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106, (860) 236-6452,

New Refugee Arrivals to Connecticut

The following are the total number of new refugee arrivals to Connecticut for the corresponding Federal Fiscal Years (FFY, which is October 1 through September 30):

  • FFY 2002: 747
  • FFY 2003: 209
  • FFY 2004: 408
  • FFY 2005: 536
  • FFY 2006: 324
  • FFY 2007: 502
  • FFY 2008: 381
  • FFY 2009: 351
  • FFY 2010: 507
  • FFY 2011: 447
  • FFY 2012: 436
  • FFY 2013: 548
  • FFY 2014: 545
  • FFY 2015: 819
  • FFY 2016: 837
  • FFY 2017: 452
  • FFY 2018: 156

Mark your calendars:

In the News

WNPR: Where We Live - Refugee Resettlement in Connecticut

  • Archive of radio program broadcast on December 9, 2014 (49 minutes)

Refugee: Definition

Any person who is outside any country of such person's nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Office of Refugee Resettlement: Who We Serve - Refugees

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Welcome is a discussion group for Connecticut library staff serving multilingual communities. The group is facilitated by Maria Bernier from the Division of Library Development at the Connecticut State Library.

Quick fact: 22% of the people in Connecticut speak a language other than English at home.*

*Source: 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates via American Fact Finder

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