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Resettling Unfunded, Unattached Soviet Refugees in Small U.S. Communities

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Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Madeleine Tress

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Immigration; Social Services; Communal Organization

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The resettlement of Soviet fews in the United States has largely been the responsibility of intermediate and large cities with comprehensive federation/agency/synagogue infrastructures. In 1990, 34 small U.S. communities, mostly in the Northeast, Midwest, and South, resettled individuals who were designated as privately funded and unattached; that is, refugees who were both ineligible for public funding and had no relatives in the United States. A telephone survey of these communities revealed that raising funds for resettlement was not a problem; rather, there are limits to voluntarism, which cannot substitute for professional services within the Jewish community.