The most recent figures from the UN Refugee Agency show that in 2016, more than 65 million people were forced from their home by wars, conflict, and persecution  more than at any other time since records began.

 When the humanitarian needs are great, so too is the need to work harder to find solutions to the problems faced by the victims of these conflicts. And that is exactly what Refugees International is doing. We travel around the world to hear firsthand from the refugees and displaced people caught up in brutal wars, conflict, and natural disasters. We are a wholly independent organization (we accept no government or UN funding), and therefore we are able to speak truth to those in power without bias or fear of consequences.

 Refugees International advocates for lifesaving protection and assistance for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We shine a light on the real problems, and make recommendations to policymakers at the highest levels that help shape the response to those in need.


RI's Thematic Programs


While war and conflict are a primary cause of displacement, extreme weather and changing climate patterns are increasingly playing a role. Each year, millions of people are driven from their homes by disasters such as floods, storms, and droughts. RI’s climate program ensures that policy makers and humanitarian actors listen to and prioritize the persistent needs of victims of flooding, drought, storms, and other climate-related events.

Learn more about our Climate Displacement Program.


In instances of armed conflict, displaced women and girls face exceptional danger. They live with the constant threat of gender-based violence, such as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and traditional harmful practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage.  As a result, RI has made it a priority to advocate for improved humanitarian responses that elevate the well-being and safety of women and girls.

Learn more about our Women and Girls program.