• Measuring the Impacts of COVID-19 on Refugee Households
    RefugePoint's recent 'COVID-19 Impact Report' provides insights into how organizations that support refugees can adapt during crises and assist refugees to withstand the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue on their journey to self-reliance.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Mission

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.

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79.5 million

Forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 26 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.

Yadasa

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our tactics

We take a three-pronged approach to achieving impact:

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

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

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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.

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Self-Reliance

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.

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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

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87,503

Since 2005, we have helped 87,503 refugees to access pathways to relocate to safety.

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As of the end of 2020, we had directly helped 87,503 refugees to access pathways to relocate to safety through resettlement, family reunification, work visas, and education visas. Through our self-reliance, field-building and systems change activities, our work has 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

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MAR. 29. 2021

Measuring the Impacts of COVID-19 on Refugee Households

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a global loss of lives and livelihoods, from which the world is only now beginning to recover. In Kenya, the pandemic, and related restrictions on mo...
FEB. 15. 2021

Fostering Refugee Financial Inclusion

Access to financial services, like bank accounts, helps refugees to cope with shocks, reduces exposure to risk, and stimulates local economies. This enables refugees to become self-re...