Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.
There are currently 68.5 million people displaced by war, conflict, and persecution, and tens of millions more displaced by climate events. People forced from their homes are among the world’s most vulnerable. At a time when the international community's ability to respond to these displacement crises is stretched thin, Refugees International’s powerful advocacy helps focus the response to ensure that resources are going to those who need it most.
Timely responses to displacement crises can decrease vulnerability and improve the quality of life for those affected. Due to our efforts, displaced people receive food, medicine, and education; families return home; and peacekeepers are sent to protect displaced people from harm.
Refugees International was started in 1979 as a citizens’ movement to protect Indochinese refugees. Since then, we have expanded to become a leading advocacy organization that provokes action from global leaders to resolve refugee crises. We do not accept government or UN funding, allowing our advocacy to be fearless and independent. Our expert recommendations are highly valued by the very people whose decisions bring immediate relief and lifesaving solutions to refugees: senior officials of the U.S. administration and Congress, the United Nations, and governments around the world.
Each year, Refugees International conducts approximately twenty field missions to identify displaced people’s needs for basic services such as food, water, healthcare, housing, access to education and protection from harm. Based on our field-based knowledge of humanitarian emergencies, we successfully challenge policymakers and aid agencies to improve the lives of displaced people around the world. Where there are needs, we witness what is lacking, we present solutions and we demand action.