Delivering lasting impact

The IRC helps people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

  • We serve
    people whose lives have been upended by war, conflict and natural disasters
  • We work
    in countries where people don’t have the support they need to recover from crisis
  • We respond
    within 72 hours, staying to help countries stabilise and people rebuild their lives
  • We resettle
    refugees in the United States, whilst supporting refugee integration in the UK and Europe

Why the IRC


"I graduated as a Doctor and I'm doing some exams to get registered here. So hopefully, after this push from the [IRC's] RISE programme, it's going to be a good achievement after all.”

Refugee Doctor Abdul Rahaman
Hear from refugees supported by the IRC in the UK

Refugee stories

People used to tell me, I wish I had your strength. I’ve been through a lot of hardships in my life, even if I fall down a hundred times, I’ll get back up again.
Rahima fled Afghanistan with her five children to escape death threats. Now in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, she’s raising awareness about COVID-19 and how people can stay safe from the virus.
Her story
Even though life is tough right now, I have hope that our future will be better, we are motivating our children to reach their dreams.
22-year-old Misra is a teacher in Qoloji camp in the Somali region of Ethiopia where she lives with her two children. Not being able to pursue her own dreams of getting a PhD has made her determined to support future generations to have more opportunities.
Her Story
My ultimate goal? To secure my kids’ future, let them live well and make them happy. Having my own business makes me feel free and happy, like I am an effective member of society.
Tarek fled Syria in 2012. He started his own hairdressing salon in Jordan to support his family.
Read his story