International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Syrian refugees safely reach the shores of Lesvos, Greece in a rubber raft
Making Refugees Welcome

Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict are making desperate choices to seek safety in Europe. The IRC is providing relief to millions of uprooted people in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, and in the U.S.

A young refugee girl
We are all refugees

The International Rescue Committee is calling on the United States — long a safe haven for people fleeing violence and persecution — to do more to ease the desperate plight of refugees.


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

October 5, 2015 | Blog Post
Through the IRC's community-based education project called "Partnerships for Peace," Gul Zada is one of many teachers bringing education to thousands of children living in Pakistan's remote tribal areas.
October 5, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC is shocked and appalled by the news that a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital was hit by a series of air strikes in Kunduz, Afghanistan. We support the calls of UNSG Ban Ki Moon and others for an independent investigation of this terrible incident.
October 2, 2015 | Blog Post
The surge in refugees arriving in Greece has given 33-year-old George Tyrikos the chance to repay a 70-year-old family debt to the people of Syria, where his grandmother sought shelter during the Second World War. George was recently featured on Humans of New York, which is currently sharing refugees' stories.
September 30, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC believes that the Obama administration’s decision to resettle 10,000 Syrians over the next year does not reflect the magnitude of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. In a statement released today, we renewed our call for the U.S. government to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2016.

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.

IRC in the Press

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.