Office of Refugee Resettlement Update, June 2013

Report
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ORR Update June 2013
Mitiku Ashebir
Director
Division of Refugee
Assistance
Current General Resettlement Factors

Refugee flow is steady.

Unprecedented influx of unaccompanied children continues.

Pockets of resistance against new arrivals.

Split /Incremental funding.

TANF challenges – reduced amounts; shorter coverage time; reduced or strict support
services; new access requirements e.g. Drug Test.

Refugee employment increased in 2012 by 3% over 2011.
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ORR Budget
Budget Parameters:
 ORR sustained a substantial funding shortfall for the first half of the fiscal year.

Sequestration reductions.

Across the board rescission.

ORR received a final FY13 enacted budget level that exceeds $1 billion for the first time in
history.

The Department has executed the Secretary’s 1% transfer authority, which provides an
additional $30 million to ORR.
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ORR Budget continued…
Going Forward:
 The net impact of the $17M reduction will be distributed across all refugee programs and
will amount to approximately 2.8% reductions.

It is very likely that these grants will continue to be incrementally funded each fiscal year.

With the support of the Department and Congress, these reductions are significantly less than
originally thought and the reductions to our stakeholders should be minimal.

Questions on ORR’s budget should be channeled to Joann Simmons, Budget Director.
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U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program
ORR Caseload - FY 2013
Entry Status
Total Projected
Refugees
70,000
Asylees
28,800
Cuban/Haitian Entrants
21,000
Victims of Human Trafficking
Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIV)
Total projected ORR caseload for FY2012
600
4,000
124,400
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Number of UAC by Fiscal Year
16,000
14,721
14,000
11,789
12,000
10,000
8,000
7,100
7,769
7,399
6,661
7,383
6,092
6,855
6,000
4,000
2,000
0
2005
*As of April 2013
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013*
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ORR-PRM Joint Quarterly Placement Meetings (QPMs)

QPMs are a key mechanism for sharing information with partners on prospective and
current refugee populations slated for resettlement, the pipeline, overseas processing,
funding, capacity, and other related issues affecting placement planning.

QPMs participants include ORR, PRM, DHS, state refugee coordinators and refugee
health coordinators, national/local resettlement agencies, and ORR funded Ethnic
Community Self-Help Group.

A total of 9 QPMs were hosted by ORR & PRM since 2011. The next QPM will take
place in early July 2013.

ORR-PRM’s joint visits
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National Performance Outcomes
Summary of 5 Year Data (FY)
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Caseload
76,032
91,957
95,661
81,662
78,738
Entered Employment (EE)
36,894
36,856
40,302
40,849
41,659
EE Rate
49%
40%
42%
50%
53%
Terminations
8,235
10,240
10,828
10,972
10,368
Termination Rate
44%
52%
49%
52%
49%
Reductions
1,984
2,284
2,869
3,039
3,045
Reduction Rate
11%
12%
13%
14%
15%
Weighted Average Hourly Wage
$8.82
$9.02
$9.08
$8.92
$9.27
26,013
25,670
27,459
29,754
29,850
Retention Rate
76%
69%
73%
74%
75%
Health Benefits
19,942
17,660
18,602
19,917
20,430
63%
61%
60%
61%
62%
Retentions
Health Benefits Rate
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Entered Employment Rate
70%
60%
50%
49%
42%
40%
40%
50%
53%
30%
20%
10%
0%
-10%
2008
2009
2011
2012
Average hourly Wage
$9.50
$9.27
$9.30
$9.02
$9.10
$8.90
2010
$9.08
$8.82
$8.92
$8.70
$8.50
$8.30
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
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Match Grant Objective
Employment Training
or Certification
Health and Medical
Services
English Language
Training
Social Adjustment
Services
Assist refugees and other
ORR eligible populations
in achieving early
economic self-sufficiency
through employment
within 180 Days
Support Services
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Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant Program FY 2012 Enrollees by
Eligibility Status
SIV's
292
1%
C/H Entrants
5,532
15%
VOT
98
0%
Amerasians
0
0%
Asylees
3,445
10%
Refugees
26,147
74%
Refugees
Asylees
C/H Entrants
SIV's
VOT
Amerasians
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Match Grant
Match Grant results for FY 2012 were outstanding, with 55% of
enrollees achieving self-sufficiency at 120 days post-resettlement, and a
full 71% reaching this mark at 180 days.
For Pennsylvania, average results showed 67% of enrollees selfsufficient at 120 days, and 75% at 180 days.
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ORR Partnerships
Refugee Health
Screening Review
State Dept. PRM
Dept. of Labor
Centers for
Disease Control
ACF
Office of
Community
Services
ORR
Centers for
Medicaid and
Medicare Services
Affordable Care Act
Assets for
Independence
(AFI); Job
Opportunities for
Low-Income
Individuals
(JOLI)
ACF
Office of Family
Assistance
Dept. of
Agriculture
Dept. of Justice
Healthy
Marriage
Program
Dept. of
Education
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Resource Center for LGBT Refugees
In June, 2011, ORR awarded a Technical Assistance
grant to Heartland Alliance to create a resource center
for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
refugees.
The purpose is to ensure that LGBT refugees are
received in communities able to meet their full scope
of needs, in the most welcoming environment
possible.
Heartland is setting up partnerships with service
providers across the country, taking an integrated
approach to full-spectrum service.
Visit: www.rainbowwelcome.org
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Moving Forward
National
placement
planning strategy
– Data based
Comprehensive
medical screenings
– Refugees will
qualify for ACA in
2014
Comprehensive
Case Management
system
Accessible and
affordable
Recertification
programs for
highly-skilled
refugees
Greater use of
technology
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Office of Refugee Resettlement
For more information about
ORR programming,
please visit our website at:
www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/
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