International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee Crisis

Nadia, a Syrian refugee child, bundled in blankets on Lesbos, Greece
Photo: Tara Todras-Whitehill for the IRC

More people have been forced to flee their homes by crisis than at any time since World War II. The International Rescue Committee is providing relief to millions of uprooted people inside Syria; in neighboring Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan; in Afghanistan; on the shores of Greece; in Serbia; and in our 26 resettlement offices in the United States.

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How We Help

Syria region: More than 3,000 IRC aid workers and local volunteers operating inside Syria and in four neighboring countries have reached more than 3.3 million Syrians fleeing violence with emergency relief and long-term support. We're focusing on health care, protection of vulnerable women and children, education, and economic recovery.

Afghanistan: The IRC has worked inside Afghanistan for nearly three decades and currently reaches over 4 million people in more than 4,000 communities, focusing on community-driven reconstruction projects and education. We also provide emergency relief to people who have been forced to flee their homes by violence.

Europe: The IRC was one of the first aid organizations to assist the thousands of refugees arriving each day on the Greek island, Lesbos. IRC aid workers continue to work around the clock to provide essential services, including clean water and sanitation, to families living in terrible conditions. And we are helping new arrivals navigate the confusing transit process and understand their legal rights. We're also calling on Europe's leaders to do more to make #RefugeesWelcome.

United States: The IRC has resettled 270 of the 1,541 Syrian refugees who have been accepted into the U.S. We provide immediate aid to refugees, including food and shelter, as well as access to the tools of self-reliance: housing, job placement and employment skills, clothing, medical attention, education, English-language classes and community orientation. We're also calling for U.S. leaders to do more, and accept 100,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.

Aid Worker Updates

The latest updates, plus breaking news, photos and videos from IRC aid workers, our partners, and others responding to and reporting on the refugee crisis.