Who We Serve

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 UNHCR reports that there are more than 19.5 million refugees in the world.

World Relief Seattle Refugee Arrivals October 2015 - September 2016

Ukraine (291), Afghanistan (226), Iraq (96), Moldova (72), Russia (57), Somalia (42), Iran (35), Burma (33), Ethiopia (15), Syria (14), Belarus (13), Eritrea (12), Vietnam(8), Ghana (7), Bhutan (3), Guinea (3), Kazakhstan (3), Uzbekistan (3), El Salvador (2), Sudan (2), Sri Lanka (1), Venezuela (1), Angola (1), Cameroon (1), Honduras (1).

The US has a strong commitment to refugee protection and resettles tens of thousands of refugees every year. While starting a new life in the U.S. is challenging, refugees receive immense support and assistance. World Relief works in partnership with the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in 23 US cities to provide initial resettlement and placement, among other services, to refugees entering the US. 

World Relief also collaborates with the local Church and community members to come alongside vulnerable families as they begin their new lives. Over the past 35 years, World Relief Seattle has served refugees from  almost 50 countries. This map represents the country-of-origin of refugees served by World Relief Seattle since 1979.

We know that God responds to the prayers of His people! Download this prayer card that will help you to pray for refugees, US churches, and other needs.