Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement


IAFR in Europe

IAFR is serving refugees in Austria, France and Greece. Each ministry is contextualized to best meet the specific challenges of its location. Although our work includes projects and programs, long-term relationships withrefugees and asylum seekers are at the heart of all we pursue.

A refugee camp near Athens. Photographer: T.Albinson


For many forcibly displaced people, Greece is the gateway to Europe. Refugees and asylum seekers come hoping to find peace, safety and a better future. But what they experience upon arrival is more uncertainty and struggle. They struggle to keep hope alive.

IAFR missionaries serve with our partner, One Heart, a like-minded Greek agency in Athens. Among other things, the ministry includes:

  • Medical Services
  • Shelter Services
  • Baby Supplies
  • Clothing Distribution
  • Food Distribution
  • Legal Assistance
  • Refugee Church Support
  • Pastoral Care
  • Visitation & Hospitality
Speaking with an asylum seeker living in an abandoned building. Photographer: T.Albinson

Lille, France

Most refugees and asylum seekers in Lille have decided to seek asylum (refuge) in France. The application process can take several years. With little social infrastructure, these women, children and men live in difficult and vulnerable circumstances, often living in the rough and on the streets.

IAFR missionaries facilitate supportive relationships between refugees, local church members and community groups. Among other things, the ministry includes:

  • Visitation & Hospitality
  • Pastoral Care
  • Refugee Welcome Centre
  • Assisting Refugee Minors
Afgan refugee with child at bus stop (Vienna). Photographer: T.Albinson


Many refugees and asylum seekers make their way to or through Austria after transiting Italy, Slovenia and/or Hungary. Children of asylum seekers often fall behind in their education during this vulnerable time in their lives.

IAFR has a missionary in Vienna seeking to find solutions to this challenge in collaboration with local churches and schools.

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