Caption: French refugee children in 1917 (left); representation of child in detention today (right).
Today, in the global arena, more than 65 million people have been forced from their homes, including nearly 21 million who have been formally designated as refugees. Yet, the current administration has radically reduced refugee admissions to the United States, most recently capping the number of refugees that can be resettled this year at an historic low of 30,000. Moreover, the administration aims to drastically diminish the number of refugee resettlement agencies, which have decades of the expertise and knowledge necessary to support the inclusion of refugees in our communities and promote their economic mobility.
These developments not only threaten to weaken the global refugee protection and resettlement system, but they also reverse our nation’s 50-year history of welcoming a more diverse pool of immigrants and refugees. These policies signal an intention to curb all forms of immigration to the United States and move our nation further away from the ideals of openness, compassion, and human dignity. The consequences will be dire for refugees who are already members of our communities. As refugees are blocked from entering the country, families are being permanently separated.
Please join Funders for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (FRAS), a peer learning community at GCIR, to explore: (1) the current state of refugee resettlement in the United States; (2) the state and local impact of the administration’s policies and possible ways to mitigate that impact; and (3) promising approaches for funders to shore up services for refugees in this hostile environment and build a more robust and resilient system for the future.
- Mary Giovagnoli, Executive Director, Refugee Council USA
- Ngoan Le, Chief, Illinois Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services
- Vy Nguyen, Director of Special Projects, Weingart Foundation
Visit our ReadyTalk portal to register.