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Melissa Lymangrover for USA for UNHCR

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The Refugees Resettlement Anguish in the Netherlands.
June 30, 2017

"My asylum status got rejected in the Netherlands." "They keep making jokes on social media about how we arrived on a boat or how boats sink  See more
Melissa Lyman

THE STORY:

A refugee is a person forced to flee due to war, conflict or persecution and who crosses a border into a new country to find safety. Some people who are forced to flee remain within their home country. These individuals are referred to as Internally Displaced People or IDPs. 

Today, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. That is the highest number on record and is more than the populations of California and Texas combined. Among the displaced, there are roughly 41 million Internal Displaced People, 21 million refugees and 3 million seeking asylum. Half of the refugee population is younger than the average American high school senior. Yet, most school-aged refugees are not in school. 

Refugees are not only from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, as many people think.They come from all over the world, including places like the Central African Republic, Mali, South Sudan, Ukraine, Colombia, Guatemala, Myanmar and Vietnam.

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), or the UN Refugee Agency, was established in 1950 to provide and coordinate international relief for refugees and displaced people. UNHCR offers them protection and assistance at every stage

of their ordeal:

•In emergencies, UNHCR provides shelter, food, water and medical care.

•In established refugee camps and communities, UNHCR works to improve refugees’ quality of life and future opportunties, providing infrastructure, schools and income generating projects.

• When refugees are able to return home, UNHCR gives them assistance with transport, documentation and essential items to make the transition as smooth as possible.

•Once they are home, UNHCR provides ongoing support and education to help refugees rebuild their communities and their livelihoods.

Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Supporting UNHCR — the UN Refugee Agency — and its partners, it helps to provide refugees around the world with lifesaving

essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. USA for UNHCR is the only organization authorized by UNHCR to raise awareness and funds in the United States for the United Nations.

Community members and groups from across the country can make a lasting impact on the lives of refugees.

Whether your focus is on raising funds or raising awareness, your efforts however big or small, complement USA for UNHCR’s

own efforts to garner support for refugees.

Americans are most influenced by people they know. Those who are volunteering to help spread understanding of the global

refugees crisis are one of the most valuable resources we have and are crucial to expanding support in the United States.

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