Refugees International is dedicated to creating a more welcoming world for people seeking refuge.

Today, an unprecedented number of people globally have been forced to flee conflict, crisis, and climate impacts at home. As these challenges increasingly collide, international systems designed to protect and aid people in need have not kept up, and the rise of exclusionary politics have eroded access to refuge. We know that a better world is possible. Refugees International is here to fight for rights and refuge for all.

Our Approach

Our experts work with partners around the world to investigate the challenges displaced people face, develop policy solutions, mobilize action, and hold the powerful to account.

Refugees International believes that people experiencing displacement must be at the center of the movement to advance solutions. We are dedicated to expanding the space for refugee and local leadership in our organization, in the public square, and in the halls of power. 

To ensure the independence and credibility of our work, Refugees International does not accept government or UN funding. Our critical role helps us advance accountability and allows us to speak freely when others sometimes cannot. 

Refugees International was started in 1979 as a citizens’ movement to defend the rights of people fleeing Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Since then, we have expanded to become a globally focused organization, advocating wherever rights and refuge are at risk.

“Refugees International is just fundamentally the golden rule, enshrined in an organization that goes forth into the world to make things better.”

Samantha Power, USAID Administrator and Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

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Featured Image: A Sudanese refugee family poses for a picture in Pesseat-Villeneuve, France on August 26, 2020. (Photo by THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP via Getty Images)