Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

Our Mission

We are helping asylum-seekers and refugees survive and recover from forced displacement in Italy. We are doing this by providing leadership and consulting for the Il Soggiorno refugee welcome center in Rome.

This hospitality center is a place where asylum-seekers and refugees are welcomed with dignity by local and international volunteers. Guests have the opportunity to drink hot tea, pursue language-learning goals, and engage in meaningful conversation and cultural exchange in a highly relational context.

We are committed to responding in ways that strengthen and support the Christian response to the refugee crisis. Il Soggiorno is a partnership of multiple churches and organizations. In this context and others, we offer our ministry expertise to help churches engage in ways that help refugees recover from the trauma of displacement and integrate into society.

Ministry Context

Italy is a primary point of entry into the European Union as desperate asylum seekers risk everything to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea (from Africa) or the Adriatic Sea (from Greece). Their simple goal is to find safety and peace. Some Italian churches are engaged and actively seeking to help, but the sheer number of people arriving on Italy's shores is overwhelming.

In Rome, forcibly displaced people are often able to find enough food and clothing necessary for survival through a network of charities. However, finding decent, safe housing is a real challenge, leaving many refugees and asylum-seekers sleeping in abandoned buildings and at train stations. Besides housing, a lack of jobs in the Italian economy makes establishing a normal life a far-off dream for many. Asylum-seekers in Rome regularly tell us that they are treated “like animals” and long most of all to be given basic respect and the opportunity to show that they have skills, dreams, and gifts that can contribute to the greater good of Italian society.



We need more bridge-builders in Italy who can engage in friendships with those along the Refugee Highway and with Italian churches. While many churches are aware of the needs of refugees in their communities, these churches need support and encouragement as they reach out to the foreigners in their midst. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to know more!

We are looking for a man or a couple to go to Rome with a long-term vision to increase the capacity of this hospitality center. This person or persons would be committed to learning and working in Italian and willing to patiently earn trust with Italian congregations in order to build sustainable partnerships in a complex environment. This person would have the high level of flexibility needed to work in a cooperative manner across organizations with the aim of encouraging and facilitating the role of local volunteers in the center's activities.

A Movement of Hope

Let’s make a difference together!

There are over 65 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world. That's 1 in every 113 people alive today. Another 28,800 people are uprooted every day. The last time there were this many refugees was during World War 2.

Three reasons why we refuse to lose hope.

First, God is alive and well along the refugee highway today. Second, Refugees are more than people in need. They are an important part of the solution. And third, God has begun a worldwide movement of his people to welcome and love refugees.

Learn more below.


Discover how you can help people survive and recover from forced displacement by providing them with shelter, water, Bibles, church buildings, schools, income-generation, specialized training and more!


Whether by joining the support team of one of our missionaries or by joining one of our teams yourself, you can show up in the lives of refugees. Explore the unique work of IAFR in Africa, Europe and North America.


Perhaps you want to serve refugees, but you're not sure where to begin. Or maybe you are already engaged in refugee ministry, but feel the need to be better equipped? We are here to help.

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