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The Global Refugee Crisis Is at a Tipping Point…

And YOU Can Help!

Imagine closing the front door to your home behind you, and not knowing if or when you’ll ever return. 
This is exactly what has happened to the more than 68.5 million people around the world who’ve been forcibly displaced from their homes due to war and violence. That’s the equivalent of 20 people per minute every day, a scale that’s almost unimaginable. 

That’s why we’re supporting the heroic work of the International Rescue Committee, who responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. 

In the current political climate, your voice in more important than ever. Let’s stand together for refugees, so that all the world’s people have a home, safe home.

Take action here.

Forced Out of Home

For many, home means feeling safe and comfortable. But imagine being uprooted for reasons beyond your control, never knowing if you’ll be able to return. For millions of people across the world, feelings of home have become a distant memory.

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People Behind the Numbers

All too often the refugee debate involves mind-boggling numbers and far-off places. What can be forgotten is that behind every number there’s a story — a person with hopes, dreams and aspirations just like our own. Now is the time to remember our humanity and that everyone deserves a place to call home.

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Your Chance to Make a Difference

Sometimes the news can feel overwhelming, making it all too easy to turn away. But right now, we’re facing a defining moment.

The historic legislation currently being discussed by the European Union could provide safe and legal routes for vulnerable refugees to reach safety and rebuild their lives.

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The legislation, aka the ‘Union Resettlement Framework’, gives our leaders an opportunity to come together and agree on a coordinated, humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. With a focus on resettling those most vulnerable, it will allow us to help more people rebuild their future by welcoming them through a safe and legal route.

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FAQs
  • Ben & Jerry’s is proud to support the mission of the International Rescue Committee, which is to support people whose lives have been upended by war, conflict and natural disasters. The IRC is working directly in 29 communities around the country to resettle refugees and ensure they have the support to succeed and thrive.

  • Today, there are an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. In the United States, a nation of immigrants, anti-immigrant rhetoric has become a staple of mainstream political discourse. At a time when policy makers are debating a great wall along our southern border and the constitutionality of the administration’s travel ban has been taken up by the Supreme Court, it’s more important than that we stand together in support of the words inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor; your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.

  • Resettlement offers for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities.

  • Yes, we believe it can! There are countless examples of when people speaking out in a collective voice has influenced political change and policy. We launched Together For Refugees because we believe there is a huge potential right now for people urge politicians to provide safety for refugees. Our representatives in the EU don’t recieve emails from their constituents very often, and people power and public pressure can make a big difference!

  • If you’d like to do more to support those seeking to rebuild their lives please visit the International Rescue Committee’s page on ways you can help: https://www.rescue.org/how-to-help

  • Although the UK is getting ready to leave the EU, our MEPs still have a huge opportunity to help provide a safe legal home for the most vulnerable refugees. British MEPs are still in their jobs and have influence on the process, including one British MEP, Claude Moraes who chairs the most important committee to pass the progressive piece of legislation!

  • The UK has always had an opt out of EU laws that affect control of our borders, but  this does not stop the government from coordinating rules with other EU countries and applying similar laws in UK legislation.

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