Under a federal grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Refugee Health Screening Clinic provides services to refugees relocating to the Austin/Travis County area. Services are also provided to asylees (individuals who are allowed to stay permanently in safety in the United States), Cubans who enter the US under the Cuban Adjustment Act, and Certified Victims of Human Trafficking.

June 20, 2020 World Refuge Day Live Online Event

APH and the Refugee Roundtable of Austin invites the public to its annual celebration of World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 20th. This year’s event will offer live-streamed fireside chats with refugees and experts on refugee resettlement, new book readings from authors, language lessons and a variety of family-friendly downloadable activities. This event is one of the dozens that will take place across the nation to celebrate World Refugee Day.

Log on to austinrefugees.org to register for these live events and to receive viewing instructions. The public is invited to learn more about refugees and participate in celebrating their cultures, stories, and experiences.

 

A refugee is an individual unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of origin because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Refugee Services

  • General physical examination.
  • Assessment of vision and hearing ability, and general dental condition.
  • Screening for tuberculosis, HIV, Hepatitis A, B, and C, syphilis, and intestinal parasites. (If parasites are present, medication is administered free of charge.
  • Testing for the presence of other diseases.
  • Immunizations
  • Medical social services.
  • Assistance with completion of the I-693 Supplement Form for immigration purposes, for established refugee clients.

Refugees in Austin

Austin has about 12,000 refugees, primarily from Bosnia, Burma, Cuba, Sudan, and Vietnam. Since 2000, they have been primarily African as well as Cuban refugees.  In the last few years, most of the refugees who settled in Austin hail from Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, and Africa (DR Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritea).

Other Resources for Refugees