1. What direct work does Asylum Access do for refugees?
Most refugees spend decades or generations in refugee camps or otherwise barred from moving freely, getting a job, enrolling their kids in local schools and taking other steps to rebuild their lives.
We help refugees move out of camps, get ID documents and work permits, and enroll their kids in school. If refugees are in a country that doesn’t allow them to work or attend school, we also lobby the government to change this.
2. How is Asylum Access’s model different from other organizations?
Asylum Access is unique because we’re the only organization that advocates across the globe to change laws that keep refugees from living safely, moving freely, working and taking other steps to rebuild their lives.
Most organizations working with refugees focus on meeting immediate needs — but many refugees spend decades or even generations as refugees. When a refugee first flees across a border, she needs food to eat and a place to stay — but food and shelter shouldn’t be our response 20 years later.
Asylum Access focuses on helping refugees move beyond aid, and creating the conditions that give them the chance to rebuild their lives.
3. Is Asylum Access active in the Middle East?
Asylum Access works in the Middle East through our Global Services, which partners with on-the-ground organizations to design and implement innovative, complementary legal empowerment and policy change programs.
Asylum Access Global Services is actively seeking additional on-the-ground partners in the Middle East. If your organization serves refugees in the Middle East, please contact us.