Syrian refugee crisis

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We are facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Our values call us to answer the desperate pleas of mothers, fathers and children searching for safety and assistance in their darkest hour.

Over 4 million Syrians are now refugees, seeking safety in countries across the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Another 6.5+ million are displaced within Syria, forced from their homes due to violence and persecution.

Within the United States, the welcome of Syrian refugees is being challenged. This type of fear-mongering has no place in our society. People of all faiths must stand in solidarity with refugee and migrant communities.

Join us. You can do so much to help.


Join the Refugees Welcome Campaign


On April 21, we officially launched the National Refugees Welcome Campaign with dozens of partner organizations! Please visit refugeesarewelcome.org to listen to the call recording, follow along with the presentation, and see additional resources.

As we approach World Refugee Day upcoming on June 20, faith communities from multiple backgrounds, refugee resettlement organizations, refugee and human rights leaders, and organizations that work with refugees have formed a partnership to provide a vibrant welcome to refugees among us, and to encourage our country to continue to respond to the world’s crisis by offering hospitality to most vulnerable refugees in need. Sign up to host a welcoming dinner, donation drive, worship service or other event of your choosing! Be sure to register your event with us to be added to the list of events and schedule a call with a member of our team.


Opportunities to get involved

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Raise your voice

House leadership is currently considering H.R. 4731, legislation that if brought to a vote, would would drastically reduce and cap refugee admissions; place refugees under continual surveillance after they have arrived; and create new procedures that would significantly and potentially indefinitely delay resettlement for many refugees. Raise your voice to make sure this anti-refugee legislation isn’t brought to a vote!

Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

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CWS is assisting refugees in Europe. Your secure, online donation will help to provide for the basic needs of refugees and migrants.

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Your secure donation will help Syrian refugee families as they resettle and begin new lives in the U.S.

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CWS aims to provide the most vulnerable refugees with an opportunity to start again in the U.S.

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Resources for churches and pastors

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

CWS has always depended on the generous support of churches that have welcomed refugees to the United States, both with their words and actions. Now, more than ever, there is a need for communities of faith to join together in exhibiting a radical and unwavering hospitality to refugees in need. These resources are dedicated to helping our partners, colleagues, and supporters educate and mobilize their congregations to this end.

‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.’
– Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

Pray
Now is the time to join in prayer for an end to conflict in Syria, for refugees facing persecution, and for a strengthening in faith and welcome. Use these prayer and denominational resources in your faith community’s worship service.

Act
As people of faith, we must tell our neighbors and leaders that anti-refugee and anti-Muslim rhetoric do not reflect our shared values of peace, welcome, and compassion. CWS urges every individual to sign this petition, every faith leader to sign this letter, and every faith community to join in these actions. From posting a photo to hosting a welcome dinner, your community is a critical part of this effort.

Welcome
Join CWS in refugee resettlement – welcome arriving families as contributing members of our communities. You can assist families arriving to the US. Take a collection to help Syrian refugee families cover basic expenses. CWS will connect these funds with arriving Syrian families for housing, utilities, and basic needs as well as CWS Syrian crisis advocacy. Refugees often arrive with little more possessions than the clothing on their backs. Collect the household goods one family will need to start a new life in the US. Ship boxed items to a city across the US. Please note, household items will be provided to arriving refugees from Syria, Burma, Iraq and other countries. Contact bcasey@cwsglobal.org to facilitate connecting your donations to arriving families and to receive a message of thanks.

Located near a CWS resettlement office? Contact your local affiliate to serve as a welcome team or to find local volunteer and donation needs.


Stay current

The refugee crisis is changing from day to day. Here are several video interviews, articles and opinion pieces to keep you up-to-date on the latest news.

Friday, January 15

“SAFE Act harms refugees”CWS Blog

Thursday, December 31

“Syrian refugees find a safe haven in Amish country”PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, December 29

“Pint-Size Diplomacy at Play in U.N. Ambassador’s Penthouse”The New York Times

Thursday, December 11

“The Senate Must Stand Up for American Ideals and Against a Religious Ban”The Huffington Post

Thursday, December 10

“Taxpayers fund refugees in Texas, nationwide”Click 2 Houston
“Embracing Michigan’s long history of refugee resettlement, Grand Rapids opens arms to newcomers”Rapid Growth

Wednesday, December 9

“Unsettled: Syrian Refugees in America”VICE News
“Bethany Christian Services to provide women’s health education to refugees”MLive Michigan

Tuesday, December 8

“Sacramento refugee organization overwhelmed with offers to help refugees from Middle East”ABC 10
“Pence won’t block state aid to Syrian refugee family in Indianapolis”IndyStar

Friday, December 4

“‘If everyone could meet a Syrian refugee, there would no longer be this fear'”France24
“Syrian refugees no strangers to West Michigan support”grbj
“What’s wrong with refugees?”Mission Network News
“Journeying with Refugees”The Banner

Wednesday, December 2

“Despite Snyder’s ‘pause,’ Syrian refugees continue to arrive in Michigan”Michigan Radio

Tuesday, December 1

“Resettlement Plans for Syrian Refugees Cause Continued Controversy across US”Nonprofit Quarterly
“ Not Everyone in North Carolina Wants to Keep Refugees Out”The Nation

Monday, November 30

“Nonprofit Groups in NJ and Indiana Stand Up to States on Exclusion of Refugees”Nonprofit Quarterly

Thursday, November 26

“Highlands restaurant hosts Thanksgiving for refugees”American Progress (CAP)
“Refugees have the same dreams as the rest of us”The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday, November 25

“Bethany Christian Services vouches for refugee vetting process”WZZM 13

Tuesday, November 24

“As people of faith and as Americans, we must not allow fear to breed hatred and discrimination.”American Progress (CAP)

Monday, November 23

“U.S. Resettlement Of Refugees Varies From Europe’s Model”NPR
“U.S. Faith Groups Confront Stigma In Efforts To Aid Syrian Refugees”The Huffington Post
“Groups: We’ll keep resettling refugees in NJ”The Daily Journal
“U.S. Religious Leaders Make Public Appeal to Admit Refugees”The Crescent-News
“U.S. Resettlement Of Refugees Varies From Europe’s Model”NPR

Sunday, November 22

“Syrian family is resettling in Paterson, church says”NorthJersey.com

Saturday, November 21

“Indiana Managed to Keep One Syrian Refugee Family Out. Here’s Why That Won’t Happen Again.”Mother Jones

Friday, November 20

“8 Facts About the U.S. Program to Resettle Syrian Refugees”U.S. News & World Report
“Governors’ anti-Syrian rhetoric spurs death threats, refugee group says”AlJazeera America
“NJ-based Charitable Group Comes to Syrian Refugees’ Aid”Voice of America
“Syrians are not terrorists, refugee tells America”The Times of India
“Republican Governors Demand President Obama Suspend Syria Refugee Program”ThinkProgress
“Syrian refugees settle in Lancaster after years of fleeing war”Penn Live
“Why American Landlords Love Refugee Tenants”Bloomberg Business
“US refugee groups vow to welcome Syrians despite terrorism fears”Middle East Eye
“Calls for suspending Syrian refugee program frustrate locals who help them resettle”LancasterOnline

Thursday, November 19

“Church World Service Condemns House’s Discriminatory, Anti-Refugee Vote”CWS
“For Syrian refugees in U.S., fear gives way to hope”Reuters
“Does the U.S. need tighter security checks on refugees?”PBS NewsHour
“For Syrian refugees, faith groups want a US welcome mat”Religion News Service
“Daughter of Syrian immigrants says process to enter USA is thorough enough”NBC4 Columbus

Wednesday, November 18

“Aid Groups Struggle as Governors Shut the Door on Refugees”The Takeaway
“FYI: Getting Refugee Status In The U.S. Is Way Harder Than You Think”MTV News

Tuesday, November 17

“11th-Hour Detour Puts Family in Connecticut as Indiana Bars Syrian Refugees”The New York Times
“Refugee Resettlement In Sacramento”Capital Public Radio
Syrian Refugees In Sacramento Thankful For Opportunity To Come to United States – CBS Sacramento
“Should refugees from Syria be allowed to come to America?”ABC 10
“Controversia por refugiados”Univision
“Iraqi Refugee in Sacramento Describes Federal Vetting Process”Fox 40
“Despite resistance from officials, local group already assimilating Syrian refugees”CBS 21
“Refugee groups respond to criticism as lawmakers ramp up calls for change”ABC 27
“Jersey City humanitarian group slams pols who oppose resettling refugees”NJ.com
“Obama stands firm on Syrian refugee plan amid rising opposition”The Washington Times

Monday, November 16

“Governors Rejecting Syrian Refugees are Ignoring the Robust Security of U. S. Resettlement Process; Reality that Refugees are Victims of ISIS”CWS
“CWS Condemns Attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad; Prays for Peace”CWS
“Can states reject refugees?”Fox Business
“Sacramento agencies offer help to refugees from Syria”ABC 10
“Sorry, Governors: The Decision To Let In Refugees Isn’t Really Up To You”The Huffington Post
“Experts say Abbott can’t stop Syrian refugees”The Houston Chronicle
“Four U.S. states shut doors to Syrian refugees after Paris attack”Thomas Reuters Foundation

Wednesday, October 28

“These Groups Have An Idea To Help Syrian Refugees: Let People Sponsor Them”The Huffington Post
“Gifts for the Greater Good: Refugee resettlement support”WGVU

Wednesday, October 21

“A Trickle of Syrian Refugees Settles Across the United States”The New York Times

Monday, October 19

“Syrian Refugees Find Home in NYC Area”News 4 New York
“For Some Refugees, Safe Haven Now Depends on a DNA Test”PBS Frontline

Thursday, October 15

“Syrian refugees make a new life in New Jersey”Fox 5 News
“Why Houston is a Top Destination for Syrian Refugees”Houston Matters

Wednesday, October 14

“Waar blijft opvang Syrische vluchtelingen in de VS?”NOS

Tuesday, October 13

“Syrian Refugees in Jersey City Are Among Few to Start New Life in U.S.”The New York Times

Sunday, October 11

“Hundreds of refugees settle in W. MI each year”WOOD TV

Saturday, October 10

“Cubans risking their lives en route to US as thaw triggers immigration policy fears”The Guardian

Friday, October 9

“Collaboration is key, say initial refugee resettlement agencies”WGVU

Thursday, October 8

“From Syria to the U.S.: one family’s odyssey”CBS News
“Syrian family adjusts to life in America”CBS Evening News

Wednesday, October 7

“Syrian refugees detail their daring escapes, new life in Michigan”MLive Michigan

Monday, October 4

“The tough road from Bhutan refugee camp to the US”Marketplace

Friday, October 2

“Suspicious of Syrian refugees coming to the U.S.? Here’s a reality check.” – The Washington Post
“Syrian refugee in Georgia provides window into deadly refugee crisis” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday, October 1

“ACT Alliance responds to refugee crisis in Serbia”

Wednesday, September 30

“How One Syrian Family Made It Through The Daunting Process Of Coming To America”Buzzfeed

Tuesday, September 29

“Are Cities And States Prepared to Host More Refugees?”The Huffington Post
“How Dragging Our Feet on Refugees Creates More Terrorists”The New York Times

Monday, September 28

“John Oliver destroys Fox News over staggeringly offensive refugee coverage”Salon
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Migrants and Refugees”HBO

Tuesday, September 22

“Refugee Groups Say Communities Are Ready and Willing To Do More”The Huffington Post
“Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.”Mission Network News

Monday, September 21

“Syrian family resettled in U.S. sees future for their children”PBS NewsHour
“Unpacking the U.S. refugee price tag”Marketplace
“Refugees in America: Syrian family rebuilds life in the US”Associated Press
“Refugees in America: Syrian family rebuilds life in the US”Fox 11 News
“Refugees in America: Syrian Family Rebuilds Life in Jersey City”News 4 New York

Friday, September 18

“Refugees bring economic boost to central Ohio, supporters say “The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, September 17

“Syrian refugee families settle in Grand Rapids”WOOD TV

Wednesday, September 16

“Refugee agencies expect trickle of Syrians to MinnesotaTwinCities.com
“Refugee or migrant? Here’s a primer”TwinCities.com
“Resettlement Agency Believes Texas Can Accommodate More Syrian Refugees”KERA News
“Syrian crisis will bring refugees to Portland, but observers don’t anticipate large-scale numbers”The Oregonian

Tuesday, September 15

“From suffering in Syria to safety in Conn.”The Boston Globe
“NC Groups Prepare to Welcome More Syrian Refugees”Public News Service
“Newly arrived Syrian family watches migrant crisis from Louisville”Wave 3 News
“Some Syrian refugees settling in West Michigan”WZZM 13
“Syrian Refugees Test Our Faith”The Huffington Post

Monday, September 14

“Displaced Syrian family arrives in Lancaster: More are on their way, and even more are left behind”Lancaster Online
“Two Families Who Fled War-Torn Syria Face A New Challenge: Resettling In the U.S.”Buzzfeed News

“Syrian Refugee Family to be Welcomed Into Lancaster County”CBS Philly

“Syrian Refugees Seek Shelter in Jersey City”NJTV News
“Wes Magruder: Refugee images shook us awake. Now it’s time to do something.”The Dallas Morning News

“Faith Communities Urge U.S. to Resettle More Syrian Refugees”Christian News Wire

Sunday, September 13

“Texas Could See Increase in Syrian Refugees”The Texas Tribune

Saturday, September 12

“Syrian refugees find a haven in North Jersey”NorthJersey.com
“Rippenkroeger: Texas should welcome Syrian refugees”Austin American-Statesman

Friday, September 11

“Syrian refugee families in Jersey City highlight growing migrant crisis”ABC 7

“Lawmakers, Refugee Groups to Obama: Accepting 10,000 Syrians Is Not Enough”The Huffington Post

“Is the US Doing Enough for Refugees?”KCRW

“Sacramento area groups prepare for more Syrian refugees”ABC 10

Thursday, September 10

“Syrian refugees make a new home in Pennsylvania”France 24

“A local organization helps resettled Syrian refugees”CBS 21

Wednesday, September 9

“Migrant Crisis in Europe”WOSU Radio

“The Non-Existence of Norway”The London Review of Books

The Alqadris – a recently resettled Syrian refugee family – tell their storyCBS 21

“The refugee crisis: 9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask”Vox

“Kerry: U.S. ‘Committed’ to Increasing Refugee Intake”BuzzFeed News
Voice of America: International EditionVoice of America
“Refugee crisis: how the world is reacting”The Age

Tuesday, September 8

“Refugee Organizations Call for U.S. To Take In 100,000 Syrians”The Huffington Post

“Religious groups want U.S. to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees”Reuters

Saturday, September 5

“The Refugee Crisis Isn’t a ‘European Problem’– The New York Times


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