Helping people recover from forced displacement

Our Mission

We are helping asylum-seekers and refugees recover from forced displacement in Malta. We do this by offering relationship and community to them in ways that help break their isolation and offer direct assistance as they try to rebuild their lives far from home. We also advocate for them on a personal basis.

Ministry Context

Refugees and asylum-seekers began arriving on the island nation of Malta by sea in the early 2000s. Since 2002, more than 18,600 forcibly displaced people have sought asylum in Malta. Most of these arrivals are from sub-saharan Africa and were originally attempting to reach Italy by boat. They tell stories of distress at sea and rescue by the Maltese coast guard. The majority received temporary humanitarian protection status that leaves their future uncertain.

After arriving on Malta, their options are limited. As Europe's most densely populated country, Malta cannot possibly integrate everyone who arrives into its society.

More Information: BBC Country Profile | UNHCR Malta

A Movement of Hope

Let’s make a difference together!

There are 68.5 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world - the highest number ever recorded. That's 1 in every 110 people alive today. Another 44,400 people are uprooted every day.

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.

Next Steps

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