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13.2 Serving People with Refugee/Humanitarian Parolee/Asylee Status | 13.2.1 Overview

13.2.1 Overview

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WIOA Title I programs are available to individuals who are authorized to work in the United States, have registered for Selective Service, when required, and otherwise meet programmatic eligibility requirements in the Adult, Dislocated Worker, or Youth programs. This includes populations of lawfully admitted refugees, asylees, humanitarian parolees, and other immigrants.1 These populations may face unique workforce-related challenges including limited English language proficiency, the need for U.S.-based licenses and certifications related to a particular occupation, the lack of established professional networks, and mental health concerns inherent in experiencing recent traumatic events.2

Wisconsin's Department of Children and Families (DCF) coordinates refugee resettlement activities in Wisconsin through a network of Resettlement Agencies, Wisconsin Works (W2) agencies, and local task forces.3 Each of these agencies has employment-focused staff who work directly with refugee arrivals. Local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and their WIOA Title I service providers may be able to supplement these employment-related activities through the provision of Title I services and/or through referrals to other one-stop partners.


  • 1 WIOA Sec. 188(a)(5); 29 CFR § 38.11
  • 2 "Update on Afghans Resettling in Wisconsin and their Employment Potential" webinar hosted by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families on December 9, 2021; "Update Discussion on Afghan and Refugee Arrivals and Their Workforce Potential" webinar hosted by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families on February 24, 2022; "Town Hall: Career Support for Afghan Professional Job Seekers" webinar hosted by National Association of Workforce Boards on February 15, 2022.
  • 3 https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/refugee/about; "Update on Afghans Resettling in Wisconsin and their Employment Potential" webinar hosted by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families on December 9, 2021; "Update Discussion on Afghan and Refugee Arrivals and Their Workforce Potential" webinar hosted by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families on February 24, 2022.


Refugee

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Under United States law a refugee is someone who:

  • Is located outside of the United States
  • Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
  • Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
  • Is not firmly resettled in another country
  • Is admissible to the United States

A refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Immigration and Nationality Act Sec. 101(a)(42)