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Delivering lasting impact

The IRC helps people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

We serve

people whose lives have been upended by war, conflict and natural disasters

We work

in countries where people don’t have the support they need to recover from crisis

We respond

within 72 hours, staying to help countries stabilize and people rebuild their lives

We resettle

refugees in the United States, whilst using our expertise to advocate for Europe to do more

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Why the IRC

I could hardly be more proud to be UK patron of the International Rescue Committee, a remarkable organisation which exemplifies the very best of the human spirit.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Rescue stories

  • People used to tell me, I wish I had your strength. I’ve been through a lot of hardships in my life, even if I fall down a hundred times, I’ll get back up again."
    Rahima fled Afghanistan with her five children to escaped death threats. Now in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, she’s raising awareness about COVID-19 and how people can stay safe from the virus.
  • My ultimate goal? To secure my kids’ future, let them live well and make them happy. Having my own business makes me feel free and happy, like I am an effective member of society."
    Tarek fled Syria in 2012. He started his own hairdressing salon in Jordan to support his family.
  • It is so important that I form relationships with the women I work for. Now many of them don’t just come to me for treatment, they also come to share their concerns and thoughts with me, because they feel safe."
    Kaniz has been working as an IRC midwife in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh for a year where there are almost one million refugees living in camps.