- Who is a Refugee?: The 1951 Refugee Convention defines a refugee as"someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”
- On the Rise: Of the nearly 71 million people who have been forced from their homes because of conflict or persecution, nearly 30 million currently have refugee status.Half of this 30 million are are under the age of 18.
- Local Homes: Organizations such as HIAS work to help advocate for these individuals and families, and help them find homes in communities across the United States.
- Immigration Bans: Legislation and executive orders that make coming to the US impact the ability of displaced people to resettle in communities across the US.