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Our Mission


Episcopal Migration Ministries builds a foundation for individuals forced from home and country to thrive in communities across the United States.

Every refugee who reaches our shores brings tremendous gifts and capabilities to achieve success in the United States. Our mission is to provide every person we serve with the foundation required to live out those gifts to the fullest.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church, and a living example of the Church’s commitment to aid the stranger in our midst. In 2016, EMM helped over 5,700 refugees from 35 countries build new lives in peace and security in 30 communities across the United States. EMM collaborates with local partner agencies in 27 Episcopal dioceses and 23 states to welcome those fleeing persecution. 

Download our 2015 Annual Report.

Our Vision

To uphold the dignity of every human being by advancing our nation’s legacy of welcome.

Episcopal Migration Ministries' vision honors both the Episcopal Church's baptismal covenant and the historical role of the United States as a safe haven for those seeking freedom from oppression. EMM is committed to carrying these values and commitments forward into the future on behalf of the Church.

Who We Serve

The United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as a person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and, owing to such fear, is unwilling or unable to avail himself of the protection of that country. 

Refugees must cross international borders to escape persecution in their countries. They often face danger and displacement for years or decades, and many can never return home. At the end of 2015, the UNHCR reported that there are more than 65.3 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people worldwide - the highest level ever recorded. Of the 65.3 million displaced, 21.3 million are refugees, over half of whom are children.

Episcopal Migration Ministries, its affiliates, and church partners provide assistance to arriving refugees as they adjust to their new communities and begin building for the future. This hospitality responds to the scriptural mandate to welcome the stranger in our midst, and often has a transformational impact on those who are extending a hand. By bringing their culture, ambition and resiliency to our shores, these new Americans enrich our nation beyond measure.