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The US refugee policy recognizes that America is a ‘nation of immigrants’ and that welcoming the persecuted was and continues to be a reflection of US identity. At the same time, we must develop an effective system that not only protects refugees but also ensures that none of those we admit into this country will become a destabilizing force. Therefore, supporting the refugees and countries that host them is in the best national interest of the United States. That is why America should lead by example. This policy brief provides recommendations to policymakers in Congress and the Administration as to the best ways to sustain US leadership on refugee issues at home and abroad.

Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative

The Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI) provides evidence-based analyses that translate research findings into practice and policy impact. Established in 2022 as a response to an ever-increasing number of people forcibly displaced from their homes by protracted conflicts and persecution, RAFDI aims to expand the space for new perspectives, constructive dialogue and sustainable solu­tions to inform policies that will improve the future for the displaced people.  Read more