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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»

Refugee Situation in Kenya and Djibouti

May 6: Read a background briefing and Q&A on the humanitarian and refugee dimensions of Secretary Kerry's recent trip. More»

Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen

May 6: Today in Djibouti, Secretary Kerry announced the United States is providing more than $68 million to help humanitarian organizations meet the needs of nearly 16 million people in need of assistance in Yemen. More»

Funding for the UN Refugee Agency in Kenya

May 4: Today, Secretary Kerry announced over $45 million in additional funding to help the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protect and assist some 600,000 refugees residing in Kenya. More»

Keynote Address for ECDC Plenary Session

Deputy Assistant Secretary Wiesner (Apr. 29): "Thank you for the work you do every day to resettle refugees in this country. ... We are working with our colleagues at the State Department to try to address the problems that have uprooted so many people around the world." Full Text»

Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians in Syria

Apr. 24: In response to the devastating crisis in Yarmouk, the United States is providing an additional $6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). More»

48th UN Commission on Population and Development

Senior Advisor Pollack (Apr. 13): "Ensuring that women and girls can participate on an equal footing with men and boys would be among the most transformative goals we could set for the Post-2015 Development Agenda." Full Text»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

Mar. 31: The United States will provide nearly $508 million in additional life-saving assistance to benefit those affected by the war in Syria. This new funding brings the total U.S. contribution to assist those afftected by the conflict in Syria since its start in 2011 to nearly $3.7 billion. Fact Sheet» Ambassador Power's Remarks»

Date: 03/18/2015 Description: Ribbon cutting at the newly opened Jewi Camp, Gambella. Ethiopia. From left right: Peter Vrooman, Deputy Chief of Mission U.S. Embassy; Gatluak Tut Kho, President of Gambella Region; Catherine Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr.Valentin Tapsoba, UNHCR Director Africa Bureau; Ayalew Awoke, Deputy Director ARRA Ethiopia. - State Dept Image

U.S. Refugee Official Completes Visit, Announces New Funding

Mar. 18: Officials from Ethiopia, the UN, and the U.S. inaugurated a new refugee camp in the Gambella region, with the United States announcing nearly $1 million in new funding for a nutrition program for South Sudanese refugees that will also benefit Ethiopian host communities in the Gambella region. More»

Health Needs of Refugees and IDP Children Including Vaccination

Assistant Secretary Richard (Mar. 3): "I have seen for myself how vaccines can save and improve lives, even the lives of very poor people who live in some of the most precarious situations on earth." Full Text»

Date: 02/17/2015 Description: Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelly Clements delivers remarks. - State Dept Image

United States Provides $125 million to the World Food Program for the Syria Crisis

Feb. 17: Increasing its commitment to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, the United States is providing an additional $125 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP), which feeds nearly six million Syrians and refugees from Syria every month. Media Note»

Date: 02/09/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Anne Richard delivers remarks in Nairobi, Kenya. - State Dept Image

Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the South Sudan Crisis

Assistant Secretary Richard (Feb. 9): "To underscore the U.S. government's longstanding commitment to the people of South Sudan, I am announcing today that my government is providing an additional $273 million in humanitarian assistance for those uprooted and imperiled by the conflict in South Sudan." Full Text» Media Note»

Date: 01/21/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Anne Richard delivers remarks in Dhaka, Bangladesh. - State Dept Image

U.S. Policies on Refugees and Migration Movements

Assistant Secretary Richard (Jan. 21): "The United States -- and I, personally -- want to thank Bangladesh for what this nation has done to help vulnerable people. For decades, you have hosted hundreds of thousands of Rohingya. You have coordinated and collaborated with international humanitarian organizations and the diplomatic community." Full Text»

A Look Back at 2014

Assistant Secretary Richard (Dec. 31): "Even during challenging times, humanitarians must persevere. We must defend and rally support for humanitarian principles. We must attract new donors from across the globe, collaborate more, and seek new ways to respond nimbly and effectively. It is a privilege to engage on these issues alongside a host of the world’s best aid organizations." More»

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»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Iraq Crisis

Deputy Assistant Secretary Clements (Dec. 12): "The U.S. government will use every means available to protect and assist vulnerable Iraqis and Syrians. Failure to do so could endanger millions of innocent civilians. But the needs are vast and U.S. leadership remains vital." Full Text»

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»

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»


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