A refugee is a person who left his, her, or their home country from fear of, “persecution, war, or violence. “ A person can be persecuted or denied basic human rights because of their ethnic background, religion, political beliefs, or connection to a certain social group. Almost always, a refugee cannot return to their home country because there is a strong chance of being killed or tortured if they do.
Summit County is home to people from different parts of the country and it is also home to refugees from different countries. Each culture requires unique solutions and in an effort to remain responsive to the issues they each face, health profiles are developed to assist decision makers and community partners.
Please select the links below for more information about some of the refugee groups residing in Summit County and further readings about the refugee experience.
USA for UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency, 2017
- Bhutanese Refugees of Nepalese Descent (Lhotsampa) Fact Sheet
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo Fact Sheet
- Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Fact Sheet
- Health Needs Assessment Report - Congolese Refugees in Summit County
- Health Needs Assessment Report - Afghan Refugees in Summit County
- Health Needs Assessment Report - Bhutanese Refugees in Summit County