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Refugees International


Founded in 1979, Refugees International is an independent, nonprofit advocacy organization with a strong reputation for successfully promoting solutions to refugee crises.

We don't accept any government or U.N. funding so that we can provide unfettered recommendations to decision-makers worldwide and work to protect the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations.


Refugees International generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for displaced people around the world and works to end the conditions that create displacement.


Thirty-three million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and oppression. Based on information gathered in the field, Refugees International successfully provides governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations with effective solutions that improve conditions for displaced people. Because of our efforts, those who were abandoned in camps have returned home, refugees without food have been fed and families in danger have been moved to safer locations.


Refugees International’s groundbreaking work on the plight of two million Iraqi refugees significantly increased the media spotlight on the crisis. Because of this attention, the UN Refugee Agency more than doubled its budget for the region to $60 million.

The U.S. provided millions of dollars for return and reintegration programs in the Congo after RI revealed the needs of Congolese refugees who were returning home and rebuilding their lives. RI also succeeded in getting the World Food Program to increase food deliveries, the UN to deploy additional peacekeepers to an isolated region in the eastern Congo, and the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that provides more assistance to Congolese refugees.

When RI highlighted gaps in assistance to Darfur refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF improved their water and sanitation programs in Chad. RI also worked with members of Congress to generate $173 million for peacekeepers in Darfur and other parts of the world.

After RI released a landmark report calling for more humanitarian aid inside Burma, the U.S. State Department’s refugee bureau funded projects inside Burma for the first time. RI also urged the UN Security Council to address this crisis, and in an unparalleled action, the UN Security Council voted Burma onto its formal agenda with refugees being cited as a principal factor in the decision.

RI field missions, reports and unceasing advocacy led to an increase in UNHCR staff dedicated to statelessness worldwide and the establishment of an intra-agency team at U.S. State Department’s refugee bureau.


Bangladesh, Belgium, Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Korea, Republic of, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Central African Republic, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, South Africa, Zimbabwe


2001 S Street, NW

Suite 700

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 828-0110

EIN: 52-1224516

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