Human Services Providers’ Perspectives on Refugee Resettlement in the United States before and after the 2016 Presidential Election

Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, Kennesaw State University
Paul N. McDaniel, Kennesaw State University
Matthew Tikhonovsky, Kennesaw State University


© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The United States has historically accepted and resettled refugees by opening its doors to those fleeing violence, armed conflict, or persecution around the world. However, the degree of receptivity toward refugee resettlement has vacillated over time. This study examines the challenges and opportunities that Refugee Resettlement Agencies (RRAs) experienced prior to and after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The findings presented in this paper, based on focus groups with the RRA staff, revealed that there is a greater need for understanding the refugee resettlement process and how changing immigration policies impact state-federal funding.