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The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States' population and migration policies. More about PRM»


International Migrants Day

Dec. 18: On International Migrants Day we recognize the millions of people around the world who cross borders in search of a better life and we celebrate their contributions. But this year it is also a day to mourn the thousands whose journeys began in desperation and hope but ended in death. Press Statement» DipNote»


Date: 2014 Description: Assistant Secretary Anne Richard. © U.S. Mission Geneva Image

U.S. Plans To Lead in Resettling Syrian Refugees

Assistant Secretary Richard (Dec. 9): "The United States accepts the majority of all UNHCR referrals from around the world. Last year, we reached our goal of resettling nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries. And we plan to lead in resettling Syrians as well." Full Text»


Launch of In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Children in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with Parents Lawfully Present in the United States

Dec. 3: Today, the United States is announcing the official launch of an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. This program will allow certain parents from one of these three countries who are lawfully present in the United States to request to bring their children to the United States as refugees via the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Media Note» | Fact Sheet: English» Espanol»


Kenya: Food Ration Cuts

Nov. 25: The United States is profoundly concerned about funding shortfalls being experienced by humanitarian organizations in many places around the world. Nowhere is this shortfall more dire than in Africa. On November 14, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced that insufficient funding would force it to cut food rations in half for over 500,000 refugees now in Kenya, most of them from war-torn South Sudan and Somalia, until the end of January 2015. That cut has now been made. Full Text»


Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

Nov. 22: The United States is providing nearly $135 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help feed civilians affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria. The U.S. has provided more than $3 billion in critical humanitarian aid since the start of the crisis. White House Fact Sheet»


UNFPA's State of the World Population Report

Nov. 18: Assistant Secretary Richard notes that PRM supports UNFPA's work to increase access to reproductive health services and prevent and respond to gender-based violence throughout the world. Our hopes for peace and prosperity depend on what happens to this, the largest generation of young people in human history. The vast majority of young people, nine in 10, live in less developed countries. Scarce resources are just one problem. Full Text» Video»


Date: 11/18/2014 Description: Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard speaks at UNHCR Event - Out of the Shadows - Ending Statelessness in the Americas, Washington, DC - State Dept Image

Out of the Shadows: Ending Statelessness in the Americas

Nov. 18: UNHCR's Global Action Plan to End Statelessness is ambitious, but it should be achievable. With enough political will, this problem can be resolved. Statelessness can be ended in our lifetimes. Assistant Secretary Richard's Remarks»


Additional Support for Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees

Oct. 28: Today, Assistant Secretary Richard announced that the United States will provide $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help communities in the region hosting the more than 3 million refugees from Syria.  Media Note» Video» DipNote» More»


Humanitarian Diplomacy - Refugee Coordinators in Action

Refugee Coordinators are part of the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), which works with UN and NGO partners to provide aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world. Video»


Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians

Oct. 12: Today, Secretary Kerry announced $414 million in U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including more than $212 million that will be delivered through USAID, $118 million in humanitarian assistance to Gaza announced in July and September, and $84 million provided to UNRWA to address other emergency needs in the West Bank and Gaza. Fact Sheet» Secretary's Remarks»


Additional Emergency Assistance for the People of South Sudan

Sept. 29: Today, Assistant Secretary Richard announced nearly $83 million in additional emergency assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. With this announcement, the total U.S. emergency assistance for the South Sudan crisis in fiscal year 2014 is more than $720 million. More»


Protection From Gender Based Violence in Emergencies

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 22): "This is a fight that demands action from every single one of us. We have to communicate in a unified way with a single loud voice that there is no place in the civilized world for those who commit gender-based violence." Full Text» Fact Sheet»


Additional U.S. Humanitarian Funding for the Central African Republic

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 15): "I asked David Brown to serve as Charge d'Affaires and to work closely with the transitional government. ... On his arrival in Bangui, we announced an additional $28 million in U.S. humanitarian funding, bringing the U.S. total to $145.7 million this year alone." Full Text»


Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq Crisis

Sept. 10: Today, Secretary Kerry announced that the United States is providing nearly $48 million in additional humanitarian aid to meet the urgent needs of Iraqi internally displaced and refugees throughout the region. Fact Sheet»


20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 8): "That's what this gathering here tonight is all about: opening the smallest of doors so that women and girls and young people around the world can seize even bigger opportunities. We all know that investing in women and youth isn't just the right thing to do; it's a strategic necessity." Full Text» Assistant Secretary Richard»


World Humanitarian Day

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 19): "Today, as the United States and the global community recall the names of these and all humanitarians, we remember our own obligation to affirm the inherent value of every life, and what that demands from our own lives. When there is so much work to be done, we remember the vital work of humanitarians and what we can all do to be humanitarians." Full Text»


Assisting South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

Assistant Secretary Richard (Aug. 7): "While in Ethiopia, I was able to announce an additional $22 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the crisis in South Sudan. This latest piece raises the total U.S. contribution in this fiscal year to more than $456 million." DipNote»


World Population Day

Secretary Kerry (July 11): "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I join the world in marking World Population Day on July 11, and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). ... The United States remains committed to working with the international community to build on the progress we have made. Young people represent our hope for a brighter future. Empowering them will create a better world for us all." Full Text»


World Refugee Day

On June 20, the world honors the courage and resilience of refugees as well as the dedication and generosity of those who help them. The U.S. is the largest single donor to humanitarian activities worldwide, providing some $5 billion in 2013. More refugees are resettled in the U.S. than in any other country. Fact Sheet» Secretary Kerry's Statement» DipNote» President Obama's Statement»



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