Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church, proudly carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome immigrants and refugees.






Refugee Resettlement

People do not become refugees by choice. Refugees are children, women, and men forced to flee their homes on account of persecution, war, and violence. When refugees cannot return home nor integrate into the first country that provides them safety, they may be eligible for resettlement to a third country. Less than ½ of 1% of the world’s refugees will ever be resettled.

All refugees who are admitted to the United States for resettlement come through the United States Refugee Admissions Program, or USRAP. The USRAP is an interagency and public-private partnership; EMM is one of the nine national agencies that works in partnership with the US government to resettle refugees.

Learn more about refugee resettlement.

What’s the difference? Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants

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Welcoming Services

EMM welcomes refugees in partnership with its 13 local affiliate offices. EMM’s resettlement partners provide refugees with the items and the resettlement services they’ll need during their first 30 days in the U.S., including housing, food, furnishings, and orientation to life in their new communities. Our partners also connect newcomers to services like English classes and job training, while helping them access health care, enroll their children in school and understand the other services available in the community.

How You Can Help

All resettlement is local, community-building work. Our local partners coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders, including service providers, local government officials, school districts, churches, volunteers and many others to provide a positive resettlement experience for refugees and their new neighbors.

No matter who you are, you have gifts and talents you can use to welcome your newest neighbors. Connect with one of our partners to learn about individual and group volunteer opportunities, and other partnership possibilities.

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Communities of Welcome

Refugees come to the United States bringing tremendous talents and gifts, as well as resilience, determination, and hope. These gifts and skills build stronger communities through sharing vibrant cultures, increasing diversity, and strengthening local economies.

Refugees are part of a larger immigrant population that is almost twice as likely to start a business as US-born persons.

From 2005-2014, refugees resettled to the US contributed $63 billion more in federal taxes than they received in federal assistance.

Communities that welcome refugees often experience revitalization and renewal.

Volunteers and congregations that participate in the refugee welcoming movement find their hearts opened and lives transformed as they get to know their new neighbors and their stories.

Our Supporters

These services and others are supported by grants from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Episcopal Church, and the contributions of volunteers, churches, donors and other supporters that make our ministry a true community effort.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has donated $695,000 combined (cash and in-kind) to Episcopal Migration Ministries since 2016. An infographic detailing 2018 donations and services can be found here – LDS factsheet 2018.

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We know that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that by welcoming refugees, we make our communities and our country stronger.
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“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

– Hebrews 13:2