Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home country and who are unable to return because they are at risk for persecution due to race, nationality, religion or membership in a political social group or political opinion. According to the United Nations there are more than 21.3 million refugees in the world.
World Relief Seattle Refugee Arrivals in 2016
Ukraine (447), Afghanistan (224), Iraq (115), Moldova (97), Russia (77), Somalia (48), Iran (28), Burma (18), Eritrea (15), Ethiopia (13), Belarus (8), Vietnam(8), Ghana (8), Syria (6), Bhutan (5), Guinea (3), Kazakhstan (3), Uzbekistan (3), El Salvador (2), Sudan (3), Sri Lanka (1), Nigeria (1), Tunisia(1), Venezuela (1), Yemen(1), Mexico (1).
Since we began resettling refugees in 1979, World Relief Seattle has partnered with the local Church, volunteers, businesses, and the rest of the community to welcome and integrate refugees into the United States.