Refugee Resettlement

Who are Refugees?

Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home country and are unable to return because they are at risk of persecution.  It doesn't take much to become a refugee.  Your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group are all it takes to become uprooted.  NSC has welcomed refugees since the inception of the U.S. Resettlement Program in 1980.  Refugees have found a home in Philadelphia and are working to rebuild their lives here.


Refugee Resettlement Services

NSC welcomes over 500 refugees each year from all over the world who are fleeing war, persecution, genocide, and violence.  Resettlement is a stressful and difficult process but can mark the beginning for a refugee - an opportunity to find peace and rebuild after loosing everything.  NSC provides comprehensive services to empower newly arrived refugees with the support and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency and place them on a path towards integration.

The resettlement period is defined as a refugee's first 90 days in the U.S.  NSC will greet a refugee at the airport and take them to a furnished apartment, a hot meal, and food staples.  From the first day, our resettlement team works to help refugees apply for Social Security cards, register for temporary benefits (food stamps, medical assistance), enroll in school and English as a Second Language courses, access health care, provide community orientation, and begin to prepare to accept their first job.