Refugee Programs Section


This section is the single point of contact for refugee services in Wisconsin.

Programs and services are provided through contracts with local refugee service provider agencies and consortia who support refugees resettling those communities. Funding for these services is provided through grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The focus of these programs is to enable refugees, their children and families, to achieve economic and personal self-sufficiency through employment.

Services are delivered through partner agencies who are responsible for comprehensive, bilingual and bicultural employment services as well as supportive services that may include health screening, English as a Second Language and family-focused case management. Employment services may include assessment, vocational training, job application support, job referral, job retention and job upgrading.

Today, over 70,000 refugees and former refugees are our neighbors, owning homes and businesses, contributing to community and enriching our state. Over 90% are self-sufficient, no longer receiving public support.

The Department of Children and Families, protecting children, strengthening families, building communities.