Recognizing the Resilience and Strength of Refugees Worldwide

Saturday marks the 15th World Refugee Day. In December 2000, the United Nations passed Resolution 55/76, which dedicated this day as a commemoration for refugees across the world.

World Refugee Day not only spreads awareness of the estimated 60 million refugees across the globe but also praises the resilience of these ordinary people living through extraordinary times.

Forced to leave their homes, refugees embark on a journey that challenges them to overcome much adversity. But, for those able to come to the United States, communities welcome these newcomers and celebrate their many contributions.

Many of our partners support refugees on their transitions to new lives, assisting them in the process of becoming green card holders and eventual U.S. citizens.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), a national New Americans Campaign partner, is one organization that resettles and supports refugees in various capacities. Through its Immigration and Citizenship Services, IRC offers low-cost immigration legal services and citizenship assistance, including civics classes and naturalization application help.

The IRC is recognizing World Refugee Day all month long with events across the country. Click here to learn more about these events and find one in your neighborhood.

You can also join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in celebrating this day through its “Get to Know a Refugee” campaign.

Posted on June 19, 2015

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Impact Report.

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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More