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Who We Are
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
Challenge
Refugee crises left unattended threaten stability around the world. There are 41.9 million refugees and internally displaced people and 12 million stateless people living in limbo without citizenship rights. People forced from their homes by conflict are among the world’s most vulnerable and they all have individual stories of loss, heartache and survival.
Impact
Timely responses to refugee crises can increase stability in a region before the conflict spreads across borders. Due to our efforts, abandoned refugees receive food, medicine and education; displaced families return home; peacekeepers are sent to protect displaced people from harm; and stateless people obtain legal status.
Reputation
Refugees International was started in 1979 as a citizens’ movement to protect Indochinese refugees. Since then, we have expanded to become the leading advocacy organization that provokes action from global leaders to resolve refugee crises. We do not accept government or UN funding, allowing our advocacy to be fearless and independent. Our expert recommendations are highly valued by the very people whose decisions bring immediate relief and lifesaving solutions to refugees: senior officials of the U.S. Administration, the United Nations, and governments around the world, and members of the U.S. Congress.
Field-Based
Each year, Refugees International conducts 20 to 25 field missions to identify displaced people’s needs for basic services such as food, water, health care, housing, access to education and protection from harm.  Based on our field-based knowledge of humanitarian emergencies, we successfully challenge policy makers and aid agencies to improve the lives of displaced people around the world. Where there are needs, we witness what is lacking, we present solutions and we demand action.
SUCCESSES
Iraqi Refugees
After ongoing pressure from Refugees International, the U.S. State Department increased its assistance for Iraqi refugees from $43 million in 2006 to $398 million in 2008.
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PRESS RELEASE
04/29
One Year After Cyclone Nargis: Aid to Burma Still Crucial
PRESS RELEASE
04/27
Statement on the Nomination of Eric Schwartz as Assistant Secretary of State for PRM
PRESS RELEASE
04/20
Release: U.S. Must Respond to Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia
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Somalia: Worsening Displacement Crisis
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APRIL 29
Obama’s First 100 Days: A Humanitarian Perspective
by: Joel Charny
APRIL 28
Statelessness: Living in Limbo
by: Benjamin Johnston
APRIL 27
President's Corner: Malaria, Refugees and Life Saving Nets
by: Kenneth Bacon
 
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