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Johnson, Emily. State Policy Outcomes on Refugee Integration and Success. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. March 2020.
Though U.S. refugee resettlement is primarily managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the process of ensuring refugee success upon arrival often relies on state-level policy. In this research, I analyze the relationship between state resettlement policies, including welfare distribution, ESL education, and publicly-funded resettlement programs, and refugee social and economic outcomes, including employment, home ownership, and English proficiency. My findings indicate that there is a slight positive relationship between state resettlement service accessibility and refugee employment, home ownership, and English proficiency. However, analysis results regarding state welfare policy and ESL education produced null results. Ultimately, I recommend increased strategic data collection in refugee communities on both the state and federal level to guide evidence-based policy.