Who are Refugees?


Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.


Refugee status is a form of protection that may be granted to people who meet the definition of refugee and who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm. For a legal definition of refugee, see section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Who is a Refugee?

What does it mean to be a refugee?

Catholic Teaching on Welcoming Refugees

Unaccompanied Minors: Video for Children

Refugee Resettlement at a Glance