Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

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A key center for refugee­based activity is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regional office, located in Cairo. In recent years, this unit has referred approximately 4,000 recognized refugees per year for resettlement to the United States, Canada, Australia and a number of other smaller receiving countries, making it the largest such program in the world. But despite the size of the refugee population and the resettlement program in Cairo, there has been little research conducted into the expectations and experiences of the refugees themselves on this process. These perspectives could be significant determinants of success in the resettlement country. Therefore, the Forced Migration & Refugee Studies Program at the American University in Cairo generously agreed to fund the study described throughout the rest of this paper, a pilot project seeking to provide preliminary documentation of refugees’ expectations and experiences throughout the resettlement process.

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