Who Are Vermont’s Refugees?

Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, natural disaster, or persecution based on their race, religion, ethnic group, or political involvement. There are over 65 million refugees worldwide.

Refugees come to Vermont with the help of VRRP, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, a local non-profit in Colchester, VT. After a long and thorough application process through the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and Homeland Security, refugees are referred to VRRP for resettlement. They are expected to be self sufficient within 3 to 6 months of arriving in the US.

Most refugees who resettle in Vermont have lived in refugee camps for many years, and have suffered from persecution, violence, instability, deprivation and homelessness.

Refugees in Vermont come from: Bosnia, Burma, Bhutan, Burundi, Rwanda, Vietnam, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and Russia.

Most now live in and near Colchester, Winooski, and Burlington. CVRAN is committed to finding housing and employment opportunities for newly arriving refugees in the Central Vermont region in the next few years.