The Russia-Ukraine conflict has uprooted millions of people from their homes in the fastest and largest displacement crisis this century. Here are links to information from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on the ongoing crisis. The IRC and our partners are responding inside Ukraine and in neighboring Poland, the country currently welcoming the most Ukrainian refugees seeking safety.
Actions to take
In the U.S.: Tell the White House to welcome refugees
Attacks on health facilities
Immediate and long-term impacts of the attacks on hospitals, ambulances and health workers.
Donation of goods
The IRC is not able to accept donations of physical goods or clothing for our international crisis response programs. This is due to the high cost of shipping, customs regulations, and the inability to ensure consistency of quality, and labor of sorting and distribution. Instead, our response teams procure needed items locally, which enhances the local economy and ensures products are available and appropriate for the emergency setting. If you are interested in donating your product to refugees and asylum seekers who are rebuilding their lives in the United States, many of our 25 US office locations may be able to accept them.
Evacuation from Ukraine
Health crises in Ukraine
Humanitarian situation inside Ukraine
Jobs in the humanitarian response
For the moment, the IRC’s Ukraine emergency response roster is pulling from existing, trained staff, but this may change as the situation develops. From time to time, we do hire short-term staff to deploy in response to crises. We invite you to check back in at Rescue.org/careers for relevant positions in Europe.
Refugees in Poland
Support for people displaced from their homes in Ukraine
Temporary Protected Status for Ukrainians
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a critical protection tool used to safeguard foreign nationals residing in the United States from deportation when conditions in their home countries make it unsafe for return. The Biden Administration announced that it would designate TPS for Ukrainians residing in the U.S. The move could protect approximately 75,000 Ukrainians.
At this time, the IRC is not able to deploy volunteers in a crisis setting due to the high risk and uncertain context.
Wider impacts of the conflict