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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»


World Humanitarian Day

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 19): "Today we salute the unsung heroes who venture out to some of the most dangerous places on earth and risk their lives to save others. ... We proudly salute their courage and resilience. And we pay tribute to the sacrifices they make in a world where each is connected to all." Full Text» DipNote»


Syrian Crisis: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance

Aug. 7: To help those affected by the crisis in Syria, the U.S. has contributed more than $4 billion in humanitarian assistance. Roughly half of this assistance is being distributed to organizations working inside Syria; the balance is going to assist refugees and to the communities that host them throughout the region. More»


Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

Aug. 3: The U.S. is providing nearly $62 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected by violence and are in urgent need of assistance from the international community. This new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Iraqis in the region to more than $477 million since the start of FY 2014. More»


World Population Day

Secretary Kerry (July 10): "This year's theme for World Population Day is 'vulnerable populations in emergencies.' It is a reminder that in a fragile world, where war and persecution are displacing record numbers of people, those with the least power need the most protection." Full Text»


World Refugee Day

Secretary Kerry (June 18): "For those scattered by violence and oppression, the United States is and will remain their most fervent defender. ... We have a duty to the millions stranded away from home, not just to preserve life, but to safeguard hope." Full Text» | Fact Sheets: U.S. Programs» History»


Humanitarian Assistance for People Affected by the South Sudan Crisis

June 16: The U.S. has announced more than $133 million in additional humanitarian assistance in response to a surge in conflict and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan over the last two months. More»


UNFPA Segment of the Executive Board Meeting

June 2: The U.S. encourages UNFPA to remain an active advocate for sexual and reproductive health, including universal access to voluntary family planning, which is essential for promoting health, economic growth, and development across the globe. More»


Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Southeast Asia

May 28: The U.S. will continue conducting maritime surveillance flights as necessary to help provide support to regional governments, and will also contribute to the emergency appeal by the IOM to support the regional response. More»


Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Crisis

May 27: The U.S. is providing $18 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. With this new funding, total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis will reach more than $61 million. More»


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»


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

Dec. 2014: 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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