“Building Bridges: Refugee Support & Advocacy Toolkit” provides background on the world’s refugee crisis; and offers ways for you to support refugees in your community, counter anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry, and advocate for refugee rights and integration.
UUSC has created this toolkit to help individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups mobilize in support of refugees. It is organized into four sections for easy use:
- Understanding the world’s refugee crisis
- Supporting refugees in your community
- Countering anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry
- Advocating for refugee rights and integration
The current global migration crisis is the largest and most rapid escalation ever of people displaced around the world. According to recent figures from the United Nations Refugee High Commissioner for Refugees, there are 65.3 million people who have been forced from home, among them 21.3 million refugees seeking safety in a new country. This humanitarian crisis coincides with a time where economic instability, globalization and fears of terrorism have proved to be breeding ground of xenophobic and nationalistic policies when it comes to defining nations’ principles and standards on immigration. The new immigration policies pushed by Trump’s administration have opened a new chapter in the history of the United States, a country shaped by generations of immigrants and their descendants.