International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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The world is witnessing a tragic refugee crisis. Since Syria's war began, over 11 million people have fled their homes with more than four million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries.

Volunteers teach Saturday English classes to refugee students
Refugees in America

Since its founding, the United States has offered freedom and opportunity to refugees fleeing the world’s most dangerous situations. The IRC provides immediate aid and assists them on their path to citizenship. 

Nadia, a young Syrian refugee, wrapped in blankets in a shelter on Lesbos Greece
Refugees welcome

The International Rescue Committee is providing relief to millions of people who have been forcibly uprooted by the war in Syria and other brutal crises. Learn about how we help in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Our Impact


The Latest

February 12, 2016 | Blog Post
Actor and director George Clooney and his wife, human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney, spoke today with Syrian refugee families living in Berlin in a meeting arranged by the IRC.
February 12, 2016 | Blog Post
As Europe struggles to mitigate a humanitarian crisis, the IRC has returned to the Balkans, launching operations in Serbia in support of local organizations providing relief to people seeking safety.
February 12, 2016 | Blog Post
A ceasefire agreement provides a glimmer of hope for Syrians living under siege. Read reactions from IRC president David Miliband and find out what IRC staff in Syria are seeing on the ground.
February 12, 2016 | Blog Post
After Paul Cabo lost his mother to Ebola in 2014, he dropped out of school and worked odd jobs to earn enough money for food. Now he's back in the classroom with the IRC's support.


Voices for the IRC

Actress Piper Perabo wants to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world.

In Focus

President’s News & Notes: From David Miliband

Updates from IRC President David Miliband and his perspective on our lifesaving work around the world.