Who is a Refugee?

A refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country or return there because there is a fear of persecution..” (from UNHCR)

The United States has a tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. The U.S. government maintains a long-established humanitarian program that grants sanctuary in this country to a limited number of refugees who cannot safely return home or stay in a host country.

At World Relief, we consider refugees some of the most vulnerable among us. Refugees from across the globe arrive with few belongings, a difficult past, and high hopes for the future. As they walk off of the plane at Jacksonville International Airport they begin a very difficult journey of cross-cultural adaptation. Refugees leave behind everything they know—even their own family—with the hope of finding safety and a chance for a new start here in the United States

For a list of famous refugees through the ages, Click here (from International Rescue Committee).