A refugee is a person outside of his country of nationality who is unable to return to his country of nationality due to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group. Millions of people become refugees after escaping tyranny, poverty, destruction, and persecution at home. Every year, some gain permanent residence in a resettlement country such as Australia, France, Canada, or the United States. In 2011 there were 10.5 million refugees worldwide.
To learn more about the US refugee resettlement program, follow the link below to read Refugee Council’s overview:
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is one of 9 national organizations mandated by the US Department of State to serve newly arrived refugees. EMM works with a nationwide network of affiliates, such as the Diocese of Olympia Refugee Resettlement Office (RRO), to administer direct services for refugees in cities or geographic areas across the nation.
To learn more about EMM, please visit the link below: