RefugeeOne serves refugees and asylum seekers from all over the globe – Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, D.R. Congo, Burma, Guatemala, Sudan, and elsewhere. No matter where they’re from, we stand ready to welcome those fleeing war, violence, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.

Who is a refugee?

According the UN refugee agency, a refugee is someone who has forcibly fled their country because of persecution, war, or violence. In order to receive legal refugee status, they must prove a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal, and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

Who is an asylum seeker?

When people flee their home country due to fear of persecution or violence and want to seek sanctuary while already in another country, like the U.S., they can apply for asylum the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive basic legal protection and material assistance. The UNHCR’s 2022 Global Trends Report says nearly 2.8 million asylum claims were made in the United States in 2022.