European Refugee Crisis

A Record-Smashing Year for Global Displacement: What You Need to Know

Jun 21, 2016

More than 65 million people were displaced by war and persecution by the end of 2015, according to a report released on World Refugee Day by the U.N. refugee agency. Here’s what you need to know.

Step 1: Flee Anti-Semitism. Step 2: Get Famous. Step 3: Change the World.

May 10, 2016

Before she was the face of AT&T and the founder of Can’t Do Nothing, a non-profit dedicated to getting people engaged with the Syrian refugee crisis, Milana Vayntrub was a refugee herself. She explains why she can’t do nothing, and you shouldn’t either.

Open Letter to Global Leaders in advance of the UNHCR High Level Meeting in Geneva on March 30, 2016

Mar 29, 2016

In advance of high-level meetings in Geneva on Global Responsibility Sharing through Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees, HIAS joined more than a dozen other refugee protection organizations to call upon states to to pledge to achieve the UNHCR target of resettlement and alternative pathways for at least 10 percent of Syria’s nearly five million refugees.
Turkey's Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu (L) shakes hands with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, after a press conference to discuss the migrant deal reached between Turkey and EU states, during a two-day EU summit, on March 18, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

EU-Turkey Deal Shows EU “Failure” on Refugee Crisis, Says HIAS CEO

Mar 20, 2016

The European Union and the Turkish Government struck a deal on Friday to return refugees and migrants who make it to the E.U. back to Turkey.

News Update: Mediterranean Crossings Up Tenfold in 2016

Feb 24, 2016

This week, the International Organization for Migration reported that more than 100,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece and Italy this year. And it's only February. Here’s what you need to know.

Students and Holocaust Survivors Team Up for Refugee PSA

Feb 22, 2016

The Holocaust survivors in the Righteous Conversations Project are very aware of the experience of the refugee and those who seek asylum and rescue from murderous regimes. For them, this is more than a problem that is unfolding on the other side of the planet. It is a story with kinship to their own. Recently, Los Angeles area high school students and Holocaust survivors teamed up to make a series of video public service announcements.

A Barber, a Tailor and a Carpenter

Dec 29, 2015

A barber. A tailor. A carpenter. Elementary and pre-school kids. Just a few of the Syrian refugees HIAS President Mark Hetfield met on a recent visit to Toledo, Ohio.

Reminding Ourselves That Light Can Overcome Darkness

Dec 11, 2015

Before September 2, refugees were one more important issue on a long list of social ills, but after that day, there was a great outpouring of Jewish interest and communal support for refugees. Congregations, individuals, schools, organizations -- everyone wanted to know how they could help, and especially how they could support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their communities.

HIAS Statement on Paris and Beirut Attacks

Nov 16, 2015

WASHINGTON—Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, released the following statement in response to the attacks in Paris and Beirut last week.

UN High Commissioner: Syrian Refugee Crisis Must Be “Managed”

Oct 28, 2015

António Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told the audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that this is a manageable problem for Europe, but “there is one condition for a problem to be manageable -- it must be managed.”