Military rule in Burma since the 1980s has forced thousands of Burmese to flee from their hometown and therefore became refugees.
Only a small fraction of whom finally came to the United States to start new lives. With one of the biggest Burmese communities, Indianapolis is home to more than 7,000 refugees. The population is still growing. What are the main challenges for Burmese refugees in their new land? How are the employment-centered aid policies going for their self-sufficiency? How can Hoosiers help them with community integration? Mr. Yaza Swe joined us to share his experience and opinion on October 4, 2012.
Mr. Swe is the employment specialist of the Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc., the leading refugee resettlement organization in Indiana. He leads the employment aid team to provide excellent employment services to refugee job seekers. A refugee-turned professional, Mr. Swe also has rich experience and knowledge on the historical background of the Burmese refugee problem.
The Burmese Refugee Community in Indianapolis.pptx