TAKE ACTION: Tell North Carolina Lawmakers to Support Refugee Integration


May 25, 2021

Background: Right now, the North Carolina General Assembly is considering an important proposal, called a Workforce Development Study for Refugees, HB 540, that would establish a workgroup to study the challenges refugees face in utilizing their professional credentials earned outside the United States and to facilitate their workforce development. This is an important pro-refugee proposal that would help strengthen refugee integration in North Carolina and help them continue to thrive.

Refugees are beloved members of our communities and vital to their prosperity. However, many refugees remain unable to fully contribute their talents to the workforce because of systemic barriers, including the lack of recognition of their international education and experience, outdated occupational and professional re-credentialing processes, and insufficient access to meaningful workforce development and adult education services. The underutilization of refugee talent has devastating effects on individuals, local communities, and North Carolina’s economy. As we recover and rebuild, the need to integrate talented refugees into the workforce is increasingly urgent. 

This is a new exciting opportunity to ensure our state is supporting an inclusive economy and welcoming refugees – but we need you to take action and let policy makers know this is important. Tell your state lawmakers to support HB 540 and refugee integration.

Contact Your North Carolina Legislators
Click “Call Me” or “Send Email” on the right to contact your state senators and representatives.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m from [CITY, STATE]. As your constituent [and as a person of faith / former refugee / immigrant / person who cares about our neighbors], I urge you to support refugee integration and a workforce development study for refugees, via HB 540. This bill would establish a workgroup to study the challenges refugees face in utilizing their professional credentials earned outside the United States and to facilitate their workforce development. This study is critical to strengthening refugee integration in North Carolina and helping them continue to build North Carolina’s economy. Many refugees remain unable to fully contribute their talents to the workforce, and the underutilization of refugee talent has devastating effects on our community. We are a country with a proud legacy of refugees who helped found this nation, and we recognize the valuable contributions they bring to North Carolina communities. I urge you to support HB 540 and demonstrate moral leadership around the imperative to love our neighbor.”

Amplify on Social Media
Click here to find your state legislators and their social media handles.

Here are some sample posts to amplify your message to your state lawmakers:

  • When refugees can fully use their talents and skills, we all benefit. It’s time to #BuildBackBetter by supporting our refugee neighbors to integrate into the workforce. Let’s pass HB 540 for shared prosperity! #NCGA 
  • Refugees are vital members of our communities & their contributions help make the U.S. stronger every day. We urge NC lawmakers to pass HB 540 to build a more inclusive economy and help our refugee neighbors thrive. #NCGA
  • Calling all North Carolina lawmakers! Refugees are contributing members of our community and deserve the opportunities to use their talents & skills. @Legislator, please support HB 540 to help our refugee neighbors thrive! #NCGA 

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