It is often said that justice requires us to treat like cases alike. Accordingly, the U.S. refugee resettlement program provides all refugees—no matter where they are from, no matter their pasts—with very similar funding and services. Refugees, however, are far from alike. In this essay, I invoke Borgmann’s distinction between a “thing” and a “device” and draw on stories from my work with a resettlement agency to argue that our current, employment-driven system is in need of reform. Instead of being restricted to generic programs, refugee resettlement agencies should be funded to help each family achieve social integration in ways that best suit them.
"Polishing Treadmills at Midnight: Is Refugee Integration an Elusive Goal?,"
Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum: Vol. 1
, Article 9.
Available at: https://trace.tennessee.edu/catalyst/vol1/iss1/9