An Overview of

The Refugee Crisis

Realities

We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis.
  • Over 65 million men, women and children are forcibly displaced in the world.
  • 28,000 people are newly uprooted every day.
  • 1:113 people in the world are forcibly displaced.
  • 51% are children
  • 49% are women
  • The number of forcibly displaced people has increased by more than 40% since 2011.
  • The average time of displacement is 17 years.
Statistics from Global Trends, Forced Displacement in 2016, published by UNHCR in June 2017. Visit our Toolbox to learn more about the global refugee crisis and how you can help.

Solutions

The world offers 3 solutions to forced displacement:
  1. Return home. But this requires that the causes of displacement have been resolved. The UN has identitified over 30 protracted refugee producing situations in the world, the average duration of which is 26 years. Returning home is not an option for the vast majority of refugees.

  2. Integrate into their country of refugee. But 8 out of 10 refugees are hosted by developing nations that are economically and socially unable to absorb the people seeking refuge within their borders.

  3. Resettle to another country. But during an average year, less than 1% of the world's refugee population is resettled. Few countries are willing to help by offering the resettlement option to refugees.

Reason to Hope

The number of refugees is growing. Solutions are failing. Yet there are reasons to hope.
  1. Refugees are more than people in need. Visit any refugee camp and you will be amazed at their resiliency and resourcefulness. They can play an important role in their own recovery - if we let them.

  2. God has always been at work in the lives of those traveling the refugee highway. Consider how God showed up when Hagar, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Jesus, Philip and others were forcibly displaced. He is showing up today as well.

  3. The church is already present along much of the refugee highway. She carries the mandate to welcome and love the foreigner. A movement of hope is beginning to take root as local churches embrace their divine calling and begin to help people survive and recover from forced displacement.

The Refugee Highway

When forced to flee their homes, refugees need to find a way to a safe place. There are some well-worn paths in the world that they travel. These paths are the Refugee Highway.

The Highway is paved with tears of loneliness, fear and discouragement. Whatever part of the Highway they travel, refugees are met with the same message: Do Not Enter.

Yet there is hope. God is alive and well on the Refugee Highway.

Watch this powerful 6 minute presentation to learn more.

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 28,000 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.
PROJECTS
Discover how you can help refugees survive and recover from forced displacement by providing them with shelter, water, Bibles, church buildings, schools, specialized training and more!
LOCATIONS
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 the USA.
TEAM
When it comes to helping people survive and recover from forced displacement, our team is our greatest asset. We think you will agree. Get to know the IAFR team now.

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Map of the Highway

Current refugee realities along with biblical perspective all rolled up into a beautiful poster. Free download.

IAFR Multi-media

Eye-opening presentations and videos designed to introduce current refugee realities and offer biblical perspective.

IAFR Publications

Precise and thought provoking perspectives concerning current refugee realities and contemporary issues.

Other Resources

Helpful links to information and resources related to forcibly displaced people.

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