This office provides support and services to federally-recognized refugees and political asylees to ease their integration into American society.
MORA has helped more than 40,000 refugees make Maryland their home, aiding their transition from “displaced persons” to independent, contributing members of the national economy and the local community. We work through a network of public and private service providers, to plan, administer, and coordinate transitional services aimed at helping refugees become self-sufficient as quickly as possible. Key areas for aiding refugees in adjusting to American life include cultural orientation and career training.
Our service providers instruct refugees on life skills, familiarizing them with such daily routines as how to shop at the supermarket, manage a budget, take public transportation, open a savings account, prepare for a job interview or call 911 for emergencies.
Who are Refugees and Asylees?
The Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees administers services that help refugees and political asylees make new lives in the United States. Refugees are persons granted protective status while abroad. Typically, they have been forced to flee their homeland and are unable to return. Asylees are persons granted protective status after entering the United States. Protection is granted only those who have a “credible fear” of being persecuted on any of five grounds – race, religion, nationality, social group or political stand. After protection has been granted and the individual resides in Maryland, MORA and its partners provide English language training, employment services, medical assistance and more.
Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees (MORA) – Annual Report