I read a manual about "Refugee Screening and Processing" that describes series of procedures upon receive refugees. What may "Processing" refer to? any synonym or alternative word?
Thanks in advance
Generally speaking, processing is simply the execution of a process.
Processing here refers to the administrative steps taken after a refugee arrives in a country. During processing, their identity is established, their claim is filed formally and so on.
This usage is not exclusive to refugees, you are also processed when you're taken in by the police, in that case, your fingerprints are taken, you are photographed and you are put in a jail cell until further processing by the prosecutors, for example. Also, when you file a document, processing can take several weeks and you won't get an answer until your application is processed.