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Refugee Resettlement 2017-07-29T09:21:00+00:00

STAND TOGETHER FOR REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

At the end of 2016, the UN Refugee Agency reported that there are more than 65.6 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people worldwide – the highest level ever recorded. Of the 65.6 million displaced, 22.5 million are refugees, over half of whom are children.

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A Growing Crisis

The United Nations has deemed this the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. While the crisis in Syria has dominated the media, it is important to remember, hold in prayer, advocate for, and support refugees from conflict zones across the globe – as well as the countries that host them.

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Refugees All Over the World

The largest refugee populations are from Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The largest internally displaced populations are found in Colombia, the DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria. The top refugee-hosting countries include Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, and Uganda.

Resettlement

Resettlement is the last option for any refugee, when it is not possible for the refugee to return home or to integrate into the country which first offered asylum. Resettlement is a long and arduous process, an opportunity available to only a tiny fraction of refugees. In fact, at current rates of resettlement, less than 1% of refugees will ever be resettled.

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THE US RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM

USRAP

The U.S. resettlement program, known as the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), is an interagency effort involving many departments of the federal government, as well as domestic and international NGO’s, including faith-based organizations. It is based in a strong model of public-private partnership.

Leading Resettlement

The United States has long been the international leader in refugee resettlement. Along with the United States, the following nations are also considered traditional resettlement states: Australia, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands.

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Domestically, nine resettlement agencies work in this partnership with the federal government. Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement service of The Episcopal Church, is one of these agencies.

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Support Refugee Agencies

Political pushback, misunderstandings, and misrepresentations of the program and of refugees were an issue throughout the recent campaign season; immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and others who appear to be of immigrant heritage are facing discrimination, bigotry, and threats. Advocacy and support for refugee resettlement and for your immigrant, refugee, and Muslim neighbors have never been more important. Learn more about The Episcopal Church’s advocacy ministry here.

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