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World Refugee Day 2024

The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide has tripled since 2009.

 Today we observe World Refugee Day. It is a day to call to mind the women, children, and men who have been forced to flee their homes - and often their homelands - due to war, persecution and gross violations of human rights. We label them "refugees", "asylum seekers", and "internally displaced people". Taken together, we refer to them simply as forcibly displaced people.

As we consider the following realities, we dare not forget that these are our fellow humans.

Their number has nearly tripled in the last 14 years.
1 in every 69 people alive today is currently forcibly displaced.

 It is quite eye opening to consider the ratio of forcibly displaced people to the global population. The above table shows how it has dramatically changed in the past 12 years.

The number of refugees has nearly tripled since 2009.

Refugees are outside of their country of origin, afraid to return, and protected from forced repatriation.

Less than 1% of the refugee population is resettled in any given year.

In any given year, less than 1% of the global refugee population is resettled from a temporary place of safety (like refugee camps) to another country. The US, Canada, and Australia receive the largest number of resettled refugees. The above table shows how the number of resettled refugees in any given year can dramatically change due to things like the Covid pandemic and political leaders opposed to helping resettle refugees.

The number of asylum seekers has increased seven times since 2009.

Like refugees, asylum seekers are outside of their country of origin and afraid to return. But their request for refuge and protection from forced repatriation has not yet been granted.

 An Open Letter to the Church on World Refugee Day

 Few would argue that forced migration is among the defining issues of the 21st century. In the past 14 years, the number of people forced to flee their homes, and often their homelands, has grown from 43 million to 117 million.

I wrote an Open Letter to the Church to clarify refugee realities, address misrepresentation and confusion, and off biblical perspective concerning this issue. You can download your copy of the letter below.

CLICK HERE to download your copy of An Open Letter to the Church on the Occasion of World Refugee Day.

- Tom Albinson

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We did what??

A snapshot of some of the things we have accomplished together!

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

 You may have noticed our mission statement - helping people survive and recover from forced displacement - and asked yourself, what does this look like on the ground?

As our work is highly relational, it can be challenging to measure impact. This is especially true when a primary outcome is to break the isolation of our forcibly displaced friends and neighbors.

Making a real difference in the lives of refugees

But there are some outcomes that are easier to measure. I share these so that you know...

In the face of overwhelming needs and challenges, you are making a meaningful difference in the lives of forcibly displaced children, women, and men.

I am thankful for you along with every person, church, and foundation that partners with us in this mission through prayer and financial support!

I am also deeply grateful to our team of highly committed missionaries who have devoted their lives to showing up in the lives of forcibly displaced people every day!

 The 2024 IAFR Annual Report

Click the image to download a copy now.

The 2024 IAFR Annual Report is now available for downloading! It is designed to be a quick and helpful overview of ministry impacts and perspectives. It also includes our FY 2023 financial statement. I hope you'll check it out soon!

Heads up! IAFR.org will soon be shiny and new!

Our existing website has served us well but is overdue for a makeover. I am excited to tell you that we are almost ready to release a fully updated website! I want you to be in the know so that you won't be surprised by the new look on a future visit.

Stay tuned for an announcement when the new site goes public!

- Tom Albinson

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