A Lifeline For Forgotten Refugees


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.

68.5 million

Forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 25.4 million refugees.

โ€ 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 self-reliance.


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.



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 wonโ€™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 81 locations across 35 countries worldwide.

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As of the end of 2017, we had worked with refugees in 81 locations across 35 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

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JAN. 23. 2020

Innovative Partnership to Create Jobs for Refugees and Help Canadian Employers Facing Labour Shortag...

A groundbreaking and innovative partnership with the potential to help Canadian employers facing significant labour shortages and create labour mobility opportunities for qualified r...
DEC. 13. 2019

RefugePoint Participates in the Global Refugee Forum

RefugePoint’s Executive Director, Sasha Chanoff, and Director of International Programs, Marty Anderson, had the pleasure of speaking with Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commi...