According to the United Nations, there are 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the highest level since World War II. Of these, 26 million are refugees – meaning not only have they been forced to leave their homes, but often friends and family, education, and career – the result of having to leave their home country.
More than half of refugees are children, fleeing violence and worse – while still at risk of exploitation, abuse, and more. Many refugee children have been separated from their family or are otherwise unsupported.
In FY 2020, just 11,814 refugees from around the world were admitted to the United States, a considerable decrease from the 84,994 welcomed four years ago in 2016. Refugees from Burma and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the two largest groups now resettling in Indiana while admissions from Muslim-majority countries have stalled to a near halt due to discriminatory policies instituted by the Trump administration.