The Toolbox

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

Publications & MediaHelpful DocumentsHelpful Links

Welcome to the IAFR Toolbox! These tools will help you learn about refugee realities, gain some biblical perspective and learn important principles related to refugee ministry. Please take and use what is helpful. We only ask that you not edit or change any of these resources without permission.

Publications & Media

The Refugee Highway

When forced to flee their homes, refugees need to find a way to a safe place. There are some well-worn routes in the world that they travel. These paths are the Refugee Highway.

The Highway is paved with tears of loneliness, fear and discouragment. Whatever part of the Highway they travel, refugees are met with the same message: Do Not Enter.

Yet there is hope. God is alive and well on the Refugee Highway.

Watch this powerful 6 minute video to learn more. We hope you will share it with others via social media! You can also download it.

Version: 2019 (updated versions are released annually in late June/early July.

Map of the Refugee Highway

IAFR designed this stunning and informative poster to raise awareness about the realities of the Refugee Highway and of our mandate to love the alien as we love ourselves.

Perfect for churches, class rooms, dorm rooms and the office.

Click the map to download a standard resolution version of the poster.  size: 2 MB.‍

The Map companion resources include a discussion guide, credits and source Information.

A High Resolution Map can be downloaded below. It prints in rich color at up to 36" x 27".  File size: 37 MB.

Map Companion ResourcesHigh Resolution Map for Printing
Map of the Refugee Highway (2020)

Version: 6/2020

Helpful Documents

Refugee Realities FAQ

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Answers to common questions about refugees in the world today. How many forcibly displaced people are in the world? What countries host the most refugees? How many refugees are children? ...and more!

Terms of Displacement

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Learn the difference between normal migrants and forcibly displaced people along with the meaning of often misunderstood terms including: "refugee", "asylum seeker", "internally displaced persons (IDP)".

Welcoming the Stranger (UNHCR)

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An important document related to faith-based ministry engagement among forcibly displaced people published by UNHCR in partnership with World Evangelical Alliance and others.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Drafted in 1948 in response to WW2, the Declaration serves as a guarantor of basic rights for all people. Article 14 states, "Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution."

Refugees in the Bible

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From beginning to end, Scripture is filled with stories of forcibly displaced people. This document lists some of them along with key references to facilitate learning and discussion.

Best Practices (RHP)

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Originally drafted in 2001 at the gathering that formed the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP), these Best Practices proven their worth in helping Christians serve refugees in life-giving ways.

Christian Witness (WEA)

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This brief and insightful document is the fruit of a diverse and international group of Christian leaders as they considered what helpful Christian Witness looks like in the world today.

Refugee Convention

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Drafted in 1951 in response to WW2 and ratified by 142 nations, the Convention defines "refugee", the rights of the displaced, and the legal obligations of signature States to protect them.

  • The New Humanitarian
    A trustworthy news source offering insight to policymakers, practitioners and others concerning humanitarian crises in the world.
  • Forced Migration Review
    A resource of the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre informing practice with field-informed research related to forced displacement.

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