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First at Four: Organization assists refugees in the Wilmington area

There are more than 500 refugees living and working in Wilmington currently and one organization seeks to help the refugees who find themselves in the area.(Source: Interfaith Refugee Ministry) There are more than 500 refugees living and working in Wilmington currently and one organization seeks to help the refugees who find themselves in the area.(Source: Interfaith Refugee Ministry)
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW News Release) -

There are more than 500 refugees living and working in Wilmington currently and one organization seeks to help the refugees who find themselves in the area.

Sara Pascal with the Interfaith Refugee Ministry joined First at Four to inform the public about what these families lives are like and how they ended up in Wilmington.

Refugees are regular people who are outside of their country of origin and cannot go home.

The United Nations official definition of a refugee is a person, owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion. nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable to, or allowing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.

The Interfaith Refugee Ministry assists refugees with the basic necessities when they first arrive and includes assisting with housing, food, clothing, employment, learning English and cultural orientation.

When refugees first arrive they are admitted as legal immigrants and possess employment authorization documents.

They are immediately eligible to apply for benefits like food stamps, Medicaid, and cash assistance. Refugees apply for social security cards and then green cards after one year. After five years they are then eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.

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