A refugee is a person outside the country of his or her nationality, who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on his or her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Each year the President decides on how many refugees the United States will allow to enter. In recent years, the admissions goal has been lower than it ever has been. With over 25 million refugees around the world, this low threshold will leave many refugees without a safe home.


  • Immigrants and Refugees make great contributions to the United States. This article examines their contributions to our workforce and economy. 
  • With all the misconceptions about refugees, it is important to get the facts straight. Read this Myths and Facts About Refugees page to get all the correct information about refugees.
  • The screening process for refugees coming into the United States is long and thorough. Learn about the process with RefugeeConnect’s Path of a Refugee.


  • There are millions of refugees around the world. However, this video shows how people are working together to welcome refugees and create integrated societies. 
  • Learn about the process of refugee resettlement in this short video from the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans.

Take Action:

  • Volunteer with or follow RefugeeConnect whose mission is to improve the lives of refugees in Cincinnati, to foster community acceptance and inclusion, and to construct a sustainable support system. RefugeeConnect is a united, collaborative program that relies on educating, connecting, and advocating.
  • Join Refugee Council USA in advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, and families seeking protection. 
  • Volunteer with Refugee Council USA to welcome refugees and get them resettled in the United States. 

About IJPC

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. IJPC is supported by faith-based organizations and individuals who work together to educate around justice issues, take collaborative action and do public witness. We address local, national and international concerns focusing on the death penalty, immigration, human trafficking and peace and nonviolence.