Refugees are individuals who have fled their country of origin and who meet the United Nations’ criteria of having a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”
Refugees who come to the U.S. are invited by the State Department and are legal residents on the ultimate pathway to citizenship. They must wait one year to obtain a green card, five years to gain citizenship.
Refugees Currently Coming to Akron
Click on the marked countries below to learn more about where refugees are coming from and why they are coming to Akron, Ohio.