European Refugee Crisis

Right to Protection's Quick Pivot to a War Footing

Jun 28, 2022

“I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and started calling colleagues,” Alexander (Sasha) Galkin recalled of the first night of the war. As the director of Right to Protection (R2P) — HIAS’ long time partner in Ukraine — he had urgent priorities: ensuring the safety of R2P staff, and working out how the organization could pivot to the new emergency.

Interfaith Conference Works to "Welcome the Stranger"

Jun 21, 2022

Leaders of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva June 20-21.

UNHCR: 100 Million Now Displaced, 27 Million Refugees Worldwide

Jun 16, 2022

For the first time in human history more than 100 million people are displaced from their homes, UNHCR reports.

Global Humanitarian Community Failing Ukrainian Women and Girls

May 26, 2022

The global humanitarian community is failing women and girls displaced by the Russia-Ukraine war who continue to face a dire and deteriorating situation inside Ukraine and across the region, a new report shows.

HIAS Will Work in Ukraine and Region for Years to Come

May 05, 2022

Raphael Marcus, HIAS’ senior vice president of programs, recently returned from a trip to Ukraine and Poland. He explained HIAS' work there and some plans for the future.

This Passover, European Jews Step up to Welcome Refugees

Apr 13, 2022

People in countries neighboring Ukraine along with Western European Jewish groups are preparing to welcome refugees into their own communities.

Melanie Nezer on CNN: "It's On Us" to Welcome Ukrainian Refugees

Apr 04, 2022

The U.S needs to play a role and make sure Ukrainian refugees are welcomed, HIAS' Melanie Nezer said on CNN.

Across Europe, HIAS Responds to Many Needs of Ukraine Refugees

Apr 01, 2022

HIAS is helping with the immediate needs of both internally displaced persons inside Ukraine and refugees in the bordering countries of Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Moldova where more than four million have fled.

Hope and Questions as U.S. Pledges to Resettle 100,000 from Ukraine

Mar 31, 2022

While the Biden administration’s March 24 pledge to welcome Ukrainians is encouraging news for refugees and advocates alike, the announcement leaves many questions unanswered.
Mark Hetfield speaks on a CFR webinar panel.

Hetfield: Anyone Can Become a Refugee

Mar 25, 2022

The scale of the Ukraine refugee situation — with up to 8 million people now expected to be displaced — is worse than “even the worst-case scenario,” HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield said during panel discussion hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations on March 24.