March 19, 2020

Image: UN High Commissioner for Refugees during Global Refugees Forum on December 17th, 2019 (Photograph by Jean Marc Ferré)

Statement by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on the COVID-19 Crisis

"With the world mobilizing to combat the spread of COVID-19, many countries are rightly adopting exceptional measures, limiting air travel and cross-border movements.

And for many people around the world, everyday life has come to a standstill, or is being transformed in ways t...

February 3, 2020

Image: No Muslim Ban Rally in Washington, DC on February 4th, 2017 (Photograph by Ted Eytan)

On Friday, January 31, the Trump administration announced the expansion of the Muslim ban, which will now suspend immigrant visas that can lead to permanent status in the United States for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Burma, and Nigeria. It will also ban individuals from Sudan and Tanzania from obtaining "diversity visas," which are provided to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration...

January 27, 2020

Image: No Muslim Ban Rally in Washington, DC on February 4th, 2017 (Photograph by Ted Eytan)

Today, January 27th, we recognize the third anniversary of the first refugee and Muslim ban. The administration has repeatedly attacked refugees, asylum seekers, and our Muslim neighbors, prolonging family separation, undermining our moral and legal obligations to the most vulnerable, and discriminating against people based of their faith or nationality.

The NO BAN Act is legislation that would terminate t...

January 14, 2020

The GRACE Act National Call-In Day

The Trump administration has reduced the refugee resettlement program by 80% and set this year’s refugee admissions goal at 18,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. Given that there are more than 25 million refugees worldwide — more than half of whom are children — the dismantling of the resettlement program shocks the conscience. It also comes at a time when the horrific plight for Syrian refugees is never ending and growing worse by the day.

Join us Wednesday...

January 9, 2020

“My future has been taken from me,” the solemn faced doctor told me. He could have been speaking on behalf of so many other Syrians too who now must piece together a new life in Turkey.

In November, I visited Hatay province and Reyhanli a town-both of which together now have 500,000 Syrians – a ratio of 3:1 Syrians to Turks and Gaziantep, a modern city where Syrians also struggle.

We were standing outside a government sponsored camp near Reyhanli that started with tents early in the war and is now...

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