Refugee Employment


Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency

Resettled refugees have a wide spectrum of work experiences and skill sets. Some people have spent years in refugee camps where it was illegal for them to work; others were doctors or engineers in their home countries. Our employment team works hard to help each of our clients reach their employment goals, whether that means a job that can take care of their families or a job in their preferred career field.

Our Employments Specialists work with former refugees for up to five years after they arrive in the U.S. to support their career goals and family's financial well-being.


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Reach out to our Employment Specialists if you would like to learn more about how we help our new neighbors build lives of opportunity.


Fawn Atkins

Employment Specialist


Lubov Gerasimov

Employment Specialist

I wish to express my sincere appreciation for CWS and the refugee program. (Our new hires via CWS are) wonderful additions to our team and I am grateful for your service. Thank you again.
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Employment Services

Obtaining employment is the quickest road to self-sufficiency in the United States. Our employment program helps clients find sustainable job options in the Wilmington area while working closely with their employers to facilitate the application process and support each client during the initial employment period. Best of all, all of our services are free of charge!

Our free services for refugee employees and employers include:


Refugees make invaluable contributions to Wilmington's growing economy as workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs. We have seen first-hand the positive economic impact that refugees have on our community, and the research backs us up: a report from New American Economy shows that refugees paid almost $21 billion in taxes in 2015 and earned more than $77 billion in household income!



Maricarmen was a dentist in Venezuela. Read her story from our friends in Greensboro, NC to learn more about the challenges refugees face in getting back into their former career fields. 

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The Economic Impact of Refugees in America

Check out a 2017 report from New American Economy that details the impact that former refugees had on the United States' economy.

Read the Report

Refugees Can Contribute More

Refugees arrive ready to contribute and quickly become valuable employees. CWS explores barriers to refugee employment and how they can be overcome.

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