THERE ARE OVER 65.6 MILLION FORCIBLY DISPLACED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. MORE THAN 22 MILLION ARE REFUGEES.

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More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety for their families. Countries bordering regions in conflict have seen hundreds of thousands of people flooding over their borders. The nations of Europe are struggling to keep up with the social, economic and political challenges of so many newcomers needing employment, education and social services. 

The United States took in about 85,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2016 and set the cap for the following year at 110,000. However, the Trump administration's travel bans, suspension of resettlement and presidential determination capped the FY 2017 number of refugees to be moved into the United States at a record low of 45,000. The actual number of refugees resettled in the US in 2017 was less than 25,000.  

Source: United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)


Countries of Origin of Open Arms Staff

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Visit the Multicultural Refugee Coalition website for more information about the refugee experience.