Over 26 million people are currently living outside of their home country because they had to escape widespread or targeted violence and persecution. The system that we’ve used for the last 60+ years to respond to refugees is one that’s based on providing people with humanitarian aid that meets their immediate needs while we wait for them to be able to go home.
However, today the average time in exile is 20+ years, and that number is rising.
Refugees typically are not allowed to work and earn a living, so they can’t feed their families. They’re not allowed to attend school or access national healthcare systems. They’re barred from everything that would allow them to rebuild their lives.
These oppressive policies also prevent refugees from contributing their skills and talents to their new country, which in turn deprives host communities of the value they bring. To welcome and include refugees is to improve society for all.