An Introduction to Working with Refugees

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on June 22, 2017 | Print

Today, there are more refugees and displaced peoples in the world than any other time in history. Armed conflict, famine, and human rights abuse have created a mass of human movement on a scale never before seen. While the suffering is tragic, the awareness and response to the needs generated has been lacking. It may be that there is response fatigue. Or it could be that most of the places of large-scale displacement are “out of sight, out of mind.”

The truth is the suffering is massive and great but so are the opportunities for ministry and showing the love of Christ to some of the most hard-to-reach people groups of the world.

Some Statistics and Facts about Global Refugees and Displaced Persons…

  1. Current Number of Global Refugees/Displaced Persons = 60 to 65 million
    • 20 Million are “refugees”
    • 1.8 M are asylum seekers
    • 38.2 M are internally displaced
  1. 53% of refugees come from 3 countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia
  2. Top 5 countries hosting refugees: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran and Ethiopia
  3. More than half (51%) the world’s refugees are children; Women and children make up 80% of Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP’s).

What are the Causes?

There are two main categories of causes/reasons for refugees and displaced peoples of the world.

  1. Direct Displacement – These are displacements due to direct factors that typically forcibly cause people to flee their homes or areas. They include but are not limited to…
    • Armed conflict
    • Acute natural disasters
    • Religious persecution
    • Political oppression
    • Human rights abuse
  1. Indirect Displacement – These are displacements due to indirect factors leading to movement of peoples. They include but also are not limited to…
    • Chronic natural disasters
    • Economic/life betterment
    • Religious, political, human rights pressures

We hope you will join us over the next few weeks as we discuss a biblical perspective of refugees, how we can help both home and abroad, and more.

Kristi Newton 7 years ago

Looking forward to this series on working with refugees!

Jeff 7 years ago

Glad you are! We are excited about sharing on this critical and timely topic! Looking forward to your thoughts and comments.

Sondra Tate 7 years ago

I want to be more involved in refugee ministry. This will be a great help to me!

Jeff 7 years ago

Sondra, thanks for your comment. I hope and pray that this series on refugees will be helpful to you as well as many others! We encourage folks like yourself who are interested in refugee ministry to get involve locally first with any refugees/immigrants in their own neighborhoods. I hope you can find some local places to begin your ministry! God bless!

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