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Resettlement and beyond

Refuge in America

The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. In 2015, the International Rescue Committee helped resettle nearly 10,000 newly arrived refugees and provided services to promote self-reliance and integration to over 36,000 refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants.

Overview

IRC staff members and volunteers believe that refugees’ greatest resources are themselves. We help them translate their skills, interests and past experiences into assets that are valuable in their new communities.

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How does the IRC help resettle refugees?

The IRC has 29 offices across the United States that support newly arrived refugees by providing immediate aid, including food and shelter. 

Through a network of staff members and volunteers we provide access to the tools of self-reliance: cultural orientation, housing, job placement and employment skills, clothing, medical attention, education, English-language classes and community orientation. Each resettlement office serves as a free, one-stop center for refugees’ needs during their pivotal first months in the U.S. 

Through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming, the IRC's New Roots program is giving hundreds of refugee farmers the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and become self-sufficient.

Learn more about our resettlement programs.

Resettlement support center

Through our Resettlement Support Center based in Thailand, the IRC assists thousands of refugees who departed from camps and cities in East Asia to enter the United States and build new lives with help from the IRC and sister resettlement agencies.

The Resettlement Support Center primarily assists refugees in Thailand but also assists asylum seekers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia. The activities of the center are funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

 

Can the IRC help me get refugee status in the U.S.?

The IRC does not conduct direct refugee resettlement. You must approach the nearest office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for assistance. The UNHCR will determine if your case qualifies for resettlement to any of the international resettlement countries, including the United States.

Learn more in our refugees and resettlement FAQ.

What immigration services does the IRC provide?

In addition to integrating refugees into the U.S., the IRC’s refugee resettlement network provides comprehensive immigration services to assist refugees and asylees on their path to becoming permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

Read about our immigration and citizenship services.

How else does the IRC help in the U.S.?

The IRC also provides specialized services to victims of human trafficking in the U.S. – men, women and children who have been forced or coerced into modern-day slavery. 

Learn more about our anti-trafficking programs.

How can I help refugees?

With robust community support, refugees can acclimate quickly to their new environments. They go on to thrive and contribute to their communities, building careers, purchasing homes, and gaining citizenship.

Learn how you can help as a volunteer.

Help the IRC save refugee families in crisis with a donation.

 Read about more ways to help refugees.

Our impact

36,000

refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants in the United States to receive services.

The IRC offers high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services and citizenship assistance in 22 cities across the U.S.

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9,961

newly arrived refugees who have been offered sanctuary by the United States to resettle in their new communities.

The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war.

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18,151

refugees from East Asia to resettle in the United States through the IRC Resettlement Support Centers in Thailand and Malaysia.

We help refugees prepare paperwork, facilitate interviews with U.S government officials, and, once they have been accepted for resettlement, schedule medical screening and take cultural orientation classes.

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