Refugee resettlement assistance program
Most North Korean refugees have never lived under a democratic or capitalist system, except for those previously employed outside of North Korea. The lack of access to information, underdeveloped competitive skills, and inexperience make them vulnerable to new environments. Language barriers and cultural differences add to the difficulty of assimilation. Combined, these factors make seemingly simple tasks overwhelming to the new arriver. NKinUSA’s resettlement program seeks to close the gap by providing:
1) Resettlement support
We work closely with refugees in the early stages of their resettlement. We provide guidance on basic needs and skills such as seeking school registration, housing, obtaining basic documents, housing, and job hunting. We also facilitate translation services to those who need document translation and interpreters.
2) Financial support
We provide financial support to refugees during the initial settlement period for 5 years or until a reasonable time in which they can demonstrate financial independence. We also offer support in instances of unexpected financial difficulties, e.g., resulting from illness, accident, unemployment.
3) Referral services
We refer refugees in need of specialized services to our network of volunteers with professional service skills. This includes a licensed attorney who provides immigration assistance free of charge to North Koreans seeking asylum in the U.S.
Since 2012, NKinUSA has provided assistance to 91 North Korean refugees out of 183 refugees who have been granted refugee status. 14 staff members provide the resettlement assistance throughout the United States by a network of over 40 volunteers.