Refugee Resettlement

In 2021, learn about refugee resettlement in the US and the journeys of those seeking refuge.

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What is resettlement?

“Refugee resettlement” is a system of protection available to people who have fled their homes because they have been or they fear they will be persecuted for their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or their inclusion in a particular social group.

Refugees move to secure their safety through a lengthy resettlement process—often as a last resort. In order to be resettled, UNHCR works with international non-profits and their domestic counterparts, a myriad of government agencies, and finally local partners who will steward refugees into their new communities. Every host-country has different mechanisms for resettlement. Refugees are the most vetted and one of the most vulnerable immigrant groups.


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Reimagining Refugee Resettlement for a New Administration 

On January 20th, a new president will be inaugurated providing opportunities to both address and correct the harms Trump levied against refugee resettlement, and to reimagine and build a more robust, inclusive, and equitable resettlement program.

Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) and Center for Migration Studies New York (CMSNY) conducted a series of national listening sessions bringing together resettled refugees, resettlement workers, and community and government partners to think about just this future. The result was a first-of-its-kind report detailing what was working, internal and external challenges facing the program, and how the program could be rebuilt.


Our Lead Organizations

Center for Migration Studies of New York

CMS is a think tank and an educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers.


Church World Service

Church World Service is one the the nine national resettlement agencies who help facilitate the placement and integration of refugees resettled in the US. They have offices across the country engaging in direct services and advocacy.