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Rutland Welcomes Syrian Refugees: Learning Resources: About Syria and the current crisis

A collection of resources to help our community prepare to welcome Syrian and other refugees by learning more about their region, their cultures, and about refugees in general.

Learn more about this award-winning documentary film by producers Living On One and 1001 Media on the Salam Neighbor website.

"Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp."

It's on Netflix, and available to stream on Vimeo for $3.99.

See the Rutland Welcomes website for background and links to media about the current situation in Syria and the resettlement efforts in the U.S. and Vermont.


White Helmets

"Life under the bombs with a team of White Helmet rescue workers in Syria's most dangerous city, Aleppo." From Al Jazeera on YouTube.

Trailers for other films

Culture profiles


The Cultural Orientation Resource Center created many resources for refugees and people who assist them, and anyone who wants to learn more.

About Refugees

Refugee Backgrounders

Syrians (pdf)    |   Muslim Refugees (pdf)


Subscription resource for the Castleton University community

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America: Syrian-Americans

Essays on specific minority and ethnic groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical background and settlement patterns.