OKC Refugee Community
There is a thriving, diverse community of those resettled here as refugees in Oklahoma City. What can we learn by being their neighbor? Here are a few facts about our new neighbors in OKC.
275 individuals resettled each year
275 is a number we can impact! We know that the global crisis is overwhelming, but we can all do our part. We KNOW that the 275 becoming our neighbors each year can be known, loved, and served by the Church of OKC- This is an attainable goal with an exponential impact!
Countries represented in OKC:
Among those resettled to Oklahoma City are individuals from Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran.
Refugees coming to the U.S. must repay their international plane tickets that bring them to their new home.
Immediately upon arrival, children are enrolled into their local public school.
Refugees don't live in subsidized housing, but integrate immediately and pay rent at privately owned apartment complexes and houses.
Refugee is a Legal Status
Refugee Status is a legal governed status, around the world. In the U.S., individuals with refugee status have been invited by the U.S. and have legal resident status upon arrival. They are welcome to apply for U.S. citizenship after 5 years.
Refugees must become employed within months and begin contributing to social and economic city structures in Oklahoma almost immediately.
Refugees must apply for their own health insurance to continue receiving medical care.
Did you know?
- Extremely stringent and time-tested measures have been in place for decades. We believe we can and should trust this highly-developed process and can gladly and openly welcome all our new neighbors to Oklahoma. You can view the full process here.
- Refugees bring along their culture and traditions, and we get to learn and participate with them!