Counseling 101: What A Counselor Must Know About Refugees

 

Source: ct.counseling.org

 

The present rhetoric concerning refugees talked about by the media has been a brutalizing reaction to the continuing unrest in Syria that has added to the biggest refugee catastrophe since the old wars. The other countries are confronted with unparalleled encounters of caring for thousands of people in dire need. The course of refugee immigration to the United States is not quite the same as the pictures exemplified in the media through words like swarms or outpouring of people crossing boundaries in the wee hours of the night, those who may pose a danger or cannot be inspected.

The truth is, refugees, go through several background inspections, health assessments, and multiple interviews before getting accepted and allowed to travel to the United States, according to America’s Citizenship and Immigration Services. Normally, this could take two years at least – two years where their lives are put on pause, primary needs are only met via donations, and outsiders and external organizations make the crucial decisions.

The United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees is the organization tasked to interview individuals who flee violence and identify whether these individuals possess a rightful fear of persecution. It reports that 1% is endorsed to a third country for relocation. These are frequently classified as the most exposed and as those with no other stable solution. Refugees themselves don’t opt to be relocated or where to be relocated. The country that the refugees are relocated to then follows security rules and health evaluations. If the refugee family is cleared, it is endorsed to the appropriate organization for resettlement. The resettlement organizations identify which local partner to endorse the family for reception and relocation services. The partners welcome the new refugees, offer education, case management, introduction, and counseling while connecting with the local communities to enable integration.

After Resettlement

The rising crisis overseas should provoke the concerned professionals’ obligation for social justice and diversity. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, once a refugee himself, said that refugees might have lost their homes, but they should not be robbed of their futures. Counselors can help refugees after resettlement and towards a successful future. Relocation work in the initial months is done through non-profit groups in affiliations with the government and frequently with incomplete resources. Some refugees who arrive have family members or friends in the community, and others do not have a single acquaintance in the country they are relocated to.

Source: infomigrants.net

The first three months can place a profound burden on a family whose expectations are not yet met. Anxiety can cause loneliness, and family roles may be overturned. It is a course that involves welcoming the new members to the community and assisting them in their journey through self-sufficiency. It will be of great help if counseling professionals are present during this event. It is not just a humanitarian responsibility but also a chance for countries to take advantage of the skills and potentials of these new refugees. Counselors are tasked to accelerate coordination, self-sufficiency, and professional success for them so that they and the country can reap positive benefits. Refugees originate from various backgrounds, religions, work experiences, languages, and capacities. The counselors’ skills are suitable for evaluating their clients’ different histories and match them to the country’s needs that they settle in, guiding them through a profession instead of a job that merely helps them sustain.

Ways To Help 

There are a lot of ways that a counselor can help refugees succeed in their new country. To introduce a refugee to the goals and strategies of achieving their aspirations amidst stressful situations requires a harmony of roles. This may be dealing with finances, discussing junk mail issues, introducing social norms, or promoting various opportunities. Counselors may:

  • Assist in relief efforts and relocation organizations.
  • Communicate with resettlement agencies and provide consultation.
  • Take action against the negative rhetoric concerning immigration and cultural organizations that contribute to stress, fear, seclusion, and discrimination. The immigrants and host countries benefit from a kind, welcoming, and open to helping others learn about their culture.
  • Support educational programs for refugees, hundreds of whom have had their education disrupted by travel and war.
  • Oversee the services provided and assess how available and efficient they are to refugees and immigrants. Relocation organizations aim to support new immigrants, but they also have to incorporate them into society and endorse them to other agencies. The accessibility of these agencies to the refugee population depends on the cultural competency of those offering them.

Source: pri.org

The Counselors’ Helping Hand

What do counselors need to be aware of refugees? They can and must help them. As an individual leaves his home, he has to settle in a new home somewhere else, including procuring a job and an education. Counselors possess the capacity to tackle the trauma of this disruption, educate the refugee to the economic and cultural environment, enable the client in planning for his future, and promote equal opportunities for all of them.

 

 

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