Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sharon Patten

Second Advisor

Michael Schock

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Hayes


As welfare programs focus increased emphasis on employment, pressure to become employed will increase for Southeast Asian refugees who depend upon these programs, and who have very different employment needs from the population at large. A series of in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 Hmong, Cambodian and Vietnamese service providers to gather information about the employment needs of refugees that can be met by welfare reform programs. The findings indicate that welfare programs that require employment for refugees are likely to be successful, particularly if the refugees receive assistance in finding work and incentives that make work more attractive than welfare receipt. Recommendations are included for services such a job development and intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction that can assist refugees in becoming employed. These findings are of particular use to program planners who wish to make employment and training components of welfare programs sensitive to the needs of Southeast Asians.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Dybvig.N

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