Fulfilling U.S. Commitment to Refugee Resettlement: Protecting Refugees, Preserving National Security & Building the U.S. Economy Through Refugee Admissions, a Report of the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Project, an Initiative of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

5 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 155 (2018)

Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 18-47

83 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2018 Last revised: 8 Dec 2018

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Sabrineh Ardalan

Harvard Law School

Deborah Anker

Harvard University; Harvard University - Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

At a time when the U.S. refugee admissions program is under serious threat and the world's displaced population is at its highest, this Report sets forth extensive recommendations regarding the United States' role in protecting refugees and compliance with its commitments under domestic and international law that together safeguard people fleeing persecution and fearing return to torture. The Report also identifies key national security reasons for supporting and enhancing the refugee program in keeping with U.S. foreign policy priorities. Additionally, the Report provides an in-depth discussion of the robust, multistep security-assessment mechanisms already in place for screening refugees; offers viable policy solutions to improve the integration of resettled refugees through enhanced collaboration among government agencies, private resettlement agencies, and sponsors involved in domestic resettlement; and demonstrates the positive economic impact of refugee resettlement in the United States. Drawing on the perspectives of longtime domestic refugee resettlement experts, the Report also provides fresh insights into how public-private partnerships function in refugee resettlement and the ways in which they can be strengthened.

Keywords: refugee resettlement, human rights, national security, foreign policy, asylum

Suggested Citation

Ardalan, Sabrineh and Anker, Deborah, Fulfilling U.S. Commitment to Refugee Resettlement: Protecting Refugees, Preserving National Security & Building the U.S. Economy Through Refugee Admissions, a Report of the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Project, an Initiative of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (2018). 5 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 155 (2018); Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 18-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3112022

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Deborah Anker

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