A refugee family integrating into their new life and community in the U.S.

Since 1975, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program has welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world. This year, CWS assisted 8,236 refugees to begin new lives in the U.S. through its network of 25 affiliates and eight CWS local offices. During a period of unprecedented global displacement, this number represents an increase of 19 percent over the previous year. Thanks to increased resettlement targets by the U.S. and the welcome of local communities, CWS expects to extend this life-giving program to even greater numbers of refugees in the next year.

Through the Reception and Placement Program, CWS affiliates meet newcomers at the airport and bring them to their new homes, which have been rented and furnished in advance of their arrival. In the 30 to 90 days after arrival, CWS assists refugee individuals and families with orientation to their new culture and community, enrollment in school and English language training programs, health assessment and medical assistance and connection to local public, social and employment services to help them to achieve stability and secure their first jobs. None of this would be possible without the support of community volunteers and faith-based welcome teams, who demonstrate their generosity and welcome to newly arrived refugees by volunteering their time to support CWS affiliate staff, teach English, help refugees find jobs and offer their friendship during a challenging period of transition. Community members also contribute clothing, household goods and a variety of in-kind contributions that help make refugees’ new apartments feel like home. Through the Reception and Placement Program, refugees build a strong foundation for their long-term integration and success.

This year, CWS resettled


of 41 nationalities
in 33 communities
across the United States.