Refugees want what we all want: peace, security, and freedom from fear. Survivors of terror, war, violence, and political and religious persecution, refugees hope for a life safe from the horrors they’ve experienced. For over 60 million forcibly displaced people, a normal life is the dream they share.
In 2016,the United States will admit 85,000 refugees for permanent resettlement. In the last 10 years, 60% of refugees admitted were women and children, undergoing a process of multiple levels of rigorous screening and security clearance that typically takes 18-24 months. The vast majority of those who have resettled here have proven to be hardworking and productive residents who embrace the U.S., and in turn hope to have the U.S. embrace them.
Launched on World Refugee Day, June 20th, 2016, the campaign encourages Americans to be more accepting of refugees who were recently relocated to the U.S. by dispelling myths and misperceptions. Visit EmbraceRefugees.org to get the facts and learn information on what you can do to welcome refugees in your community.