Refugees are people who cannot return home ...

People whose own government cannot or will not protect them.
People who are persecuted for their religious or political beliefs.
People who flee war or genocide.
People who are brutalized by a military regime.
People for whom escaping to another country is the only means of survival.
Refugees are people…and every person has a story. Stories of family and friends. Stories of love and loss. Stories of rebuilding hope and establishing self-sufficiency in a new land.

When refugees arrive in the United States they immediately begin the process of putting roots down and establishing themselves in their new communities.

They enroll their children in school. They learn the local transit system. They sign up for English or computer classes. And they are eager to find employment to be able to provide for themselves and their families. As they work their way to self-sufficiency, refugees prove to be some of the most dependable, hardworking and committed members of our communities, congregations and workplaces.

Self-sufficiency is key to successful integration into American society. LIRS helps newcomers by engaging local churches and communities in the resettlement process and by promoting employment and providing training and support to local job developers. Donate now!

Advocating with Refugees

As one of the nation's leading refugee resettlement organizations, LIRS draws upon decades of service expertise to inform our advocacy on behalf of people fleeing war and persecution. Read more ...
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Connecting Employers with New American Talent

Refugees and migrants play an important role in the U.S. workforce. LIRS's innovative national employment initiative Higher, helps employers fill critical positions. Visit Higher today..
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Resettling Refugees

LIRS is one of 9 national organizations that resettle refugees on behalf of the U.S. government. In partnership with local organizations and congregations, we strive to create welcoming communities to receive refugees. Read more ...