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Refugees

Approximately 5,000 refugees have arrived in Vermont over the past twenty years. As a resettlement community, Chittenden County is home to refugees from a wide and growing number of countries.

Despite their traumatic histories, most refugees are incredibly resilient and adapt very well to their resettlement communities. As adaptation has been a cultural norm, most refugees are very skilled at adjusting to and thriving despite a host of adverse conditions.

Despite this, however, refugee children and youth are particularly vulnerable to mental health concerns because of their exposure to traumatic and/or stressful circumstances.  While each refugee has a unique story, most are exposed to common stressors through their experiences in their native countries, refugee camps, and resettlement communities.  Become familiar with these common stressors and general cultural considerations in working with resettled children and their families to increase awareness of the unique needs of New American families.  In addition, explore the links below to learn more about common refugee groups in Chittenden County.

BHUTAN

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA

BURMA

BURUNDI

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO- KINSHASA

SOMALIA (Somali Bantu)

SUDAN

VIETNAM