Episcopal Migration Ministries

Presiding Bishop's statement on refugees; congregational and individual response suggestions

For the first time since World War II, there are more than 50 million displaced people worldwide, including more than 16.7 million refugees. 

Episcopal Migration Ministries is the church’s foremost response to refugee crises. Working in partnership with offices and groups within the church as well as with governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), and a network of 30 affiliate offices in 26 dioceses, Episcopal Migration Ministries assures safe passage and provides vital services for thousands of refugee families upon their arrival in America: English language and cultural orientation classes, employment services, school enrollment, and initial assistance with housing and transportation. For each family, the goal is self-reliance and self-determination. After years of living in limbo, thanks to Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugees now have the opportunity to begin again on a strong foundation that honors their stories and dignity.

In its 2014 program year, Episcopal Migration Ministries and its network of local affiliate partners assisted 5,155 refugees from 32 countries. From the moment they arrive in their new communities, refugee clients receive care, hospitality, and assistance from professional affiliate staff and from the hundreds of generous church volunteers who welcome the stranger through this ministry each year.

To find out how to join Episcopal Migration Ministries in helping refugees build new lives in your community, please see the “Where We Work” link below.