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Who We Serve - Refugees

Published: October 2, 2012

A refugee is any person who is outside his or her country of nationality or habitual residence,and is unable or unwilling to return to or seek protection of that country due to a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Individuals granted refugee status overseas by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are brought to the United States for resettlement by the U.S. Department of State. Voluntary agencies and ORR assist with their resettlement and integration into the U.S. Refugees are eligible to receive ORR benefits and services from the first day they arrive in the U.S.

View status and documentation requirements for refugees


Last Reviewed: October 12, 2015