World Relief – Atlanta
An Overview of Refugee Resettlement
What is a Refugee?
Someone who has fled his or her country
because of persecution based on
Unless the situation changes in their home
country, refugees cannot return home and
must resettle permanently in another country.
How Many Refugees Are There?
There are 14.9 million refugees
worldwide, according to the
World Refugee Survey 2002.
Step 1: Homeland
The refugee flees his homeland due to
persecution. Many times refugees face
much danger when leaving their
Step 2: Refugee Camp
The next step for most refugees is a
lengthy wait in a “refugee camp”. The
average stay in a camp is five years.
Refugees stay in these camps until a new
country gives them permission to enter.
Step 3: Interview
The United Nations High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR) interviews all refugees
and the Department of Homeland Security
interviews those refugees who may be
headed to the U.S.
Only those who can prove they are escaping
persecution are eligible to find freedom in a
Step 4: Flight
Finally some refugees receive the good
news. Another country has accepted
Refugees borrow the money to pay for
the cost of transportation.
Step 5: Arrival in the U.S.
The U.S. admits approximately 50,000
refugees each year. The exact number
is determined by Congress annually.
Each arriving refugee is assigned to a
“voluntary agency”, like World Relief.
These agencies provide a basic group of
services during the refugee’s first 90
days in the U.S.
Refugees Without Volunteers
Approximately 75% of arriving refugees
receive no welcome from a volunteer.
They must make the difficult
adjustment to life in the U.S. alone,
with limited help from the government,
other agencies, and for some, family
members that arrived before them.
Refugees With Volunteers
Volunteers stand at the end of a refugee's
long flight to freedom – welcoming
them with open arms.
They lend a helping hand in the struggle
to rebuild lives in the U.S. – helping to
set up apartments, find jobs, and learn
World Relief links refugee
families arriving in the U.S.
with an individual volunteer
or sponsor group.
World Relief trains and prepares volunteers and
sponsors so that they can provide the most
effective help possible.
How Can I Help?
Become a Friendship Volunteer.
Talk with your church about sponsoring
a refugee family.
Donate furniture and other household
Make a cash donation to World Relief.