Refugee & Asylee Programs

Refugee:

People who are forced to flee their countries of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group.

Asylees:

People already in the United States who receive protected status and are unable to return home for the same reasons that refugees are unable to return home.

Today more than 20 million refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons are living with a very uncertain future. The Lutheran Family Services (LFS) Refugee & Asylee Programs are dedicated to helping these vulnerable individuals and families rebuild their lives by equipping them to achieve self-sufficiency within their first year in the United States and fostering integration into their new communities.