World Refugee Month 

Every day, people around the world are faced with the most difficult decision of their lives: to leave their homes in search of safety. 

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No one chooses to be a refugee 

It usually happens at a moment’s notice. It can include a dangerous journey. But no one chooses to flee their country and leave everything—their home, possessions, loved ones—behind. Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their home country due to violence, poverty, persecution, or disaster.

No one chooses to be a refugee, but we can choose how to respond. 

Refugees add value to their communities

Refugees living in the United States make tremendous contributions to the economy. With their high employment rate and entrepreneurial spirit, refugees sustain and strengthen their new communities. 

Top industries that employ refugees: 

  • Manufacturing 
  • Health care 
  • Retail
  • Tourism 
  • Transportation 
  • Education 

Source: U.S. State Department

Refugees and neighbors do life together

“We will always be family”

A young couple step out in faith to become foster parents to a girl from Guatemala.

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