• How to build refugee self-reliance during COVID-19
    RefugePoint's Sasha Chanoff and Amy Slaughter recently authored this piece featured on the World Economic Forum website, which highlights the importance of giving refugees a chance to use their talents and skills to support themselves.
  • Resilience in Challenging Times
    Nanziza, a single mother of six, demonstrates self-reliance through her ability to utilize social capital to revive her business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • RefugePoint's Second Quarter Report
    The COVID-19 pandemic made the second quarter of the year particularly challenging for our clients and staff, as it was for so many worldwide. Explore the report to see how our staff were able to adjust the way in which we delivered our services to ensure the continued protection of at-risk refugees.
  • A Lifeline for Forgotten Refugees
    RefugePoint was founded in 2005 to identify refugees who fall through the cracks of humanitarian aid. We focus on long-term solutions, including self-reliance, and resettlement and complementary pathways, that will enable refugees to lead healthy, dignified lives.


RefugePoint advances lasting solutions for at-risk refugees and supports the humanitarian community to do the same.

why refugees

We focus on finding lasting solutions for refugees because we believe that everyone benefits when refugees are given a chance to use their talents and skills to contribute to their host countries and to the world.

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20 years

The average length of time before a refugee can return home.

79.5 million

Forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 26 million refugees.

I have no more worries, no more stress, and no more fear. Here, I am a very happy person. Here, there is no threat against my life, and I am looking forward to starting my Ph.D. very soon.


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our tactics

We take a three-pronged approach to achieving impact:


Direct Services: Providing services to meet the needs of individuals and households.


Field Building: Supporting other organizations to accelerate and expand programs for reaching refugee populations.


Systems Change: Influencing policy and decision-makers to drive large-scale change.

REFUGEE Solutions

After refugees flee their home country, they are left with three basic solutions: return home when conditions are safe (repatriation); remain in their current host country and eventually become citizens (local integration); or resettle to another country (resettlement). We focus on the two solutions that we can impact: resettlement and complementary pathways, and self-reliance.

Resettlement and Complementary Pathways

Resettlement involves permanently relocating refugees to a safe country where they can rebuild their lives. Resettlement is often the best option for refugees who cannot return home and cannot reside safely in the country to which they have fled. RefugePoint identifies the most at-risk refugees and connects them with resettlement opportunities. Once they are referred to a receiving government, other agencies take over the resettlement process from there. Our role is identification and referral. Complementary Pathways involves helping refugees access legal pathways, aside from resettlement, to become established in a safe third country, such as relocation for employment, education, and family reunification.



Self-reliance involves stabilizing refugees in the countries to which they have fled and helping them to advance, socially and economically, so that they can meet their essential household needs. Most refugees won’t have the opportunity to resettle or return to their homes. However, given the right supports, many refugees are able to rebuild their lives in the host country to which they have fled.


Self-Reliance Initiative

The Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative is a collaboration among NGOs, UNHCR, foundations, government agencies, the private sector and others that aims to support refugees to achieve a better quality of life and regain agency over their finances and futures, while at the same time supporting the peace, stability and prosperity goals of the hosting countries. The Initiative is focused on promoting self-reliance opportunities for refugees around the world to enjoy lives of dignity and hope, even during protracted periods of limbo in their host countries.

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our impact



Since 2005, we have directly helped 73,756 refugees in their search for solutions.

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As of the end of 2017, we had directly helped 73,756 refugees in their search for solutions, including resettlement and self-reliance. Through our field-building and systems change activities, our work has indirectly benefitted tens of thousands more.

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Since 2005, we have worked with refugees in 204 locations across 41 countries worldwide.

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As of the end of 2019, we had worked with refugees in 204 locations across 41 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. We actively work to reach locations and refugee populations that have been underserved by the refugee response system.

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in the news

Stay up to date on RefugePoint in the news.

NOV. 09. 2020

RefugePoint’s Statement on U.S. Presidential Election Results

President-Elect Joe Biden has made a unique commitment to refugee resettlement—
OCT. 01. 2020

RefugePoint Responds to Proposed 2021 Low Cap on Refugee Resettlement

RefugePoint is on the frontlines helping refugees in peril to resettle to safety. From Libya, to Iraq, to South Africa, and globally, there are those w...
JUN. 04. 2020

Supporting Refugee-Led Organizations

Refugees are their own first responders in their communities. While RefugePoint and other non-governmental organizations join with the United Nations’ ...