European Refugee Crisis

Pope Francis Visits Lesvos, Calls for Migrant Protection

Dec 06, 2021

Pope Francis returned to the island of Lesvos, Greece on Sunday, five years after first seeing the plight of migrants there, only to find that not much had changed.

Migrants Caught in the Middle of Poland-Belarus Border Crisis

Nov 24, 2021

HIAS Europe is concerned about the wellbeing and safety of the people stuck at the Poland-Belarus border in an escalating humanitarian crisis.

The Refugee Convention at 70

Jul 30, 2021

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention of 1951, the international legal document which was intended to ensure solutions for refugees.

Listen: Podcast Explores Life on Lesvos

Apr 05, 2021

Listen to the latest Crossing Borders podcast episode to learn more about the refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Faith-Based Groups Play Critical Role Helping Refugees

Feb 11, 2021

Faith-based organizations have been critical in helping integrate refugees into host communities, said leaders of religious groups at a Feb. 9 event organized by HIAS Europe.

Mark Hetfield's Congressional Testimony On Syrian Refugees

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on the security of the U.S. refugee admissions program.

Hetfield to Halifax Forum: U.S. Will Again Lead on Refugee Protection

Nov 23, 2020

In a video interview for the annual Halifax International Security Forum, Hetfield said he expect things will change for the better for refugees and asylum seekers with the new Biden administration.
Moria refugee camp fire

Fire Destroys Moria Refugee Camp, Leaving Thousands Homeless

Sep 11, 2020

More than 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesvos are now without shelter or access to any basic services.

Protecting Refugees in Greece, An Interfaith Response

The story of a unique partnership between HIAS and Islamic Relief USA which is helping to ensure that the most vulnerable refugees in Greece receive access to legal protection.

Strict New Regulations Limit NGOs Helping Refugees in Greece

Aug 17, 2020

When new regulations issued in Greece earlier this year suddenly hampered refugee agencies’ ability to help people seeking asylum, the HIAS Greece legal team knew they had to fight back.

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