On September 19th and 20th, world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) for two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis – the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants co-chaired by the Governments of Jordan and Ireland and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama.
USCRI is proud to announce that on February 10, 2016 it signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Guatemalan Ministry of External Relations and on January 20, 2016 with the Honduran Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation.
More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) recognizes the good first step announced by the Obama Administration to increase annual refugee resettlement numbers over the next two years. On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry committed to raising the numbers of refugees the U.S. will resettle from 70,000 this past year to 85,000 in fiscal year 2016 and 100,000 in 2017.
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US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Expands Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) visited Jordan in July and November of 2012, to meet with refugees, government officials, and international and local organizations. The violence in Syria has created a massive and complex humanitarian crisis with more than half a million people fleeing to neighboring countries. The current situation is expected to continue and worsen, with more than 710,000 refugees expected by the end of the year throughout the region1.
(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) today praised the announcement by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to allow Syrian nationals in the United States to stay beyond their visas and avoid the risk of returning to their violence-torn country. On Friday, Napolitano said in a statement that, in light of deteriorating conditions in Syria, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will designate temporary protected status (TPS) for Syrians currently in the United States.
One year after the devastating earthquake leveled much of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, the U.S.
"From a distance, the camps look amazing. You just see hills covered in lush greenery and bamboo roof huts peeking through the trees," said American nonprofit worker Jessica Hansen, recalling her first impression of the cluster of refugee camps along the Thailand-Burma border. "I was awestruck by the natural beauty of the scenery."
But come closer and you see a different picture. You see deforestation, which causes flash floods.
An Iraqi/American Mural Project Fosters a Culture of Peace through Children's Artwork
The Statue of Liberty stands in solidarity with a golden-yellow mosque. An Iraqi flag flutters in the distance. A flock of birds flies across the bright blue sky.
Where can you find these idyllic images all in one place? On a collection of murals by Americans, local Iraqi refugee children, and students from a school in Baghdad.
Senia Bachir Abderahman's fondest childhood memories were the evenings she spent with her grandmother, both of them sitting on the soft, cool sand of the Algerian desert, looking up at the star-studded sky. Though she had completely lost her sight, her grandmother, Asisa, remembered the position of the planets and stars and would teach Senia about astronomy.
This is the story of Mukiza Noel, a young Burundian man who lived most of his life as a refugee. His parents fled Burundi in April of 1972 to escape massacres and killings targeted at the country's Hutu population. They found safety in Rwanda, where Mukiza -- the fifth of eight children -- was born seven years later.
But after two decades of living in relative peace, trying to rebuild their lives in their adopted country, Mukiza's family had to flee again -- this time from the Rwandan genocide of 1994 that took hundreds of thousands of lives.
Surviving the Worst
Thailand, South Africa, Gaza, Malaysia, Kenya, Egypt, and Turkey are among the worst places for refugees according to USCRI's just released World Refugee Survey 2009.
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The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants' (USCRI) Director of Government Relations and International Advocacy visited the region in July 2009 in order to evaluate the situation of Sahrawi refugees from the Western Sahara in Algeria.
Call it soccer or football, the sport is a universal language for refugees and nationals in Kampala, where players of different nationalities, ethnicities, and tribes unite for a common goal: victory. The only thing that makes one different from the next person is skill, which levels the playing field for the students at Amani Football Academy in Kampala.
The Thai military has come under harsh criticism in the past two months for its brutal mistreatment of over 500 Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and seeking refuge in Thailand. Having arrived in small boats from Myanmar, the refugees have been pulled ashore by the Thai military, beaten and then towed back to sea with little or no food or water.
USCRI Policy Director Merrill Smith spoke on Australia's ABC radio about the gross human rights violations taking place in Thailand in an effort to bring greater visibility to the plight of the Rohingyas.
We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely concerned about the treatment of over a thousand Rohingyas from Burma and migrants from Bangladesh who have been forcibly expelled and abandoned in international waters by the Thai security forces since December 2008.
Over the past few weeks, several boats have been rescued off the coasts of Indonesia and the Andaman Islands of India.
Mr. Samuel Witten, Acting Assistant Secretary,
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State
Ms. Barbara Strack, Chief of the Refugee Affairs Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
President George W. Bush, The White House
The Honorable Howard L. Berman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Congress
The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Congress
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) calls on President Bush to support alternatives to the indefinite warehousing of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar during his visit to Thailand.
On the western Thai border, about 140,000 refugees from Myanmar have languished in camps for decades, unable to return home, but also unable to live freely in Thailand. The first refugees arrived in the mid-1980s.