Impact

The NNIC has successfully resettled 64 displaced people here in Reno since August 2016. At least one adult in each family is employed.

The NNIC has a growing population of individual volunteers within the community; at the time there are 621. On top of that, each of our families has a mentor group which helps support them beyond the capacity of the NNIC. Each mentor group generally consists of 10-15 core participants who commit to an ultimate goal of having Reno's new citizens reach self-sufficiency. Many of our mentor groups are from local faith based communities including the Islamic Center of Reno, Sparks Christian Fellowship, Catholic Charities, Latter-Day Saints, Episcopal, Temple Sinai, and more. If you have any interest in making a greater impact locally and global please contact Carina Black at cblack@unr.edu or at 775.784.7515 x 221. 

In 2001, the UN General Assembly established World Refugee Day as a day to renew our commitment to end war and conflict, and to help the people who have been forced to flee their homes. Each year on June 20, we honor the strength and resilience of the more than 60 million people around the world who have fled war, persecution, and human rights abuses. This day marks an opportunity for the international community to recognize the plight of millions of uprooted families across the globe.

Refugee Facts:* 
A refugee is a person who: "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, and membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country." As of mid-2015, The Syrian Arab Republic is the largest source country of refugees with a total refugee population of 4.2 million.

There were 114,500 new Syrian asylum applications registered during the first six months of 2015.  

Countries hosting the largest number of refugees:

○        Turkey (1.84) million ○        Pakistan (1.5 million) ○        Lebanon (1.2 million)

Countries sourcing the largest number of refugees:

○        Syria (4.2 million) ○        Afghanistan (2.6 million) ○        Somalia (1.1 million) ○        South Sudan (744,100)  

*According to UNHCR: Facts and Figures about Refugees 2015   

Geneva, 20 June 2016 STATEMENT BY UN HIGH COMMISISONER FOR REFUGEES, FILIPPO GRANDI ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2016 UNHCR marks World Refugee Day each year on June 20, to shine a light on the courage and resilience of families forced to flee war or persecution.  And each year UNHCR seeks to find a glimmer of hope in the global statistics we publish to show that the world is finding solutions to help heal the trauma refugees are living through on a daily basis.  But this year the hopeful signs are hard to find.  Today the number, complexity and protracted nature of today's conflicts mean that forced displacement has now reached a level unprecedented since the founding of the UN itself; substantially over 60 million people are now uprooted around the world. Each day another refugee tragedy is played out in the media; of children, mothers and fathers losing their lives in a desperate bid to escape violence.  Against this tragic backdrop, divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, and disturbing levels of xenophobia, are together threatening the international agreements which protect those forced to flee war or persecution. 

Instead of burden sharing, we see borders closing, instead of political will there is political paralysis. And humanitarian organizations like mine are left to deal with the consequences, while at the same time struggling to save lives on limited budgets.  Yet, there is cause for hope. In contrast to the toxic narrative repeatedly played out in the media we have often witnessed an outpouring of generosity; by host communities, by individuals, and by families opening their homes.  These ordinary people see refugees not as beggars, competitors for jobs, or terrorists -but as people like you or me whose lives have been disrupted by war.  Their simple acts of solidarity are going on around the world, every day.   UNHCR sees 2016 as a watershed moment for the refugee cause. As wars spiral out of control we feel this must be a year to take collective responsibility and action to end the conflicts which force people to flee and also to help the millions of people whose lives have been destroyed by this violence. 

World leaders can no longer watch passively as so many lives are needlessly lost. We must be smart about finding solutions to help refugees. We must find humane and dignified means to ensure refugees don't risk their lives and those of their families by resorting to ruthless traffickers or by boarding flimsy boats in a bid to reach safety.  An historic United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants on the 19th of September will put us all to the test.  Will governments rise to the occasion and make new commitments to share responsibility for refugees in a spirit of global solidarity, in line with the fundamental principles of international refugee law? And furthermore, commit  to doing our fair share to deliver for people forced to flee their homes, and have lost everything through no fault of their own?   UNHCR stands together #WithRefugees, on World Refugee Day and every day - and on 19 September we want the world to stand with us.   By doing so we can send a message to world leaders they must act.