In 2016, students with refugee status numbered 37,500, while 90,000 more newcomers settled here without the official designation. Many arrive with very little, taking great risks for the prospect of safety and security in a new home. Young people are often unaccompanied in their journey to the United States, traveling and often living with extended family or friends.
Watch this short video about 16 year-old Ana and her 8 year-old sister. Their unique family situation is just one of many challenges to consider when discussing the obstacles refugee students face. Recent changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy have many concerned. As educators it is our responsibility to mitigate this stress and anxiety for our immigrant students.
For the latest updates on federal policy and DACA, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
Want to learn more about the challenges faced by refugee students? Attend CIMA to learn how you can support this student population. The Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement takes place on November 6 & 7. Find out more here.
Image credit goes to Child Trends News Service.