Tennessee Office for Refugees

Who We Help

War, conflict, natural disasters, economic uncertainty, educational and employment opportunities and the chance to reunite with family members living abroad are just a handful of the reasons people migrate. Some leave by choice; some are forced to flee. Those that flee may try to seek safety within their home country or cross a border to a neighboring country. They may leave by boat, by car, by plane or on foot. They may leave with their families or alone. They may live in a large city or in a rural refugee camp. They may be able to return home safely and quickly or they may live in limbo for years. They may not be recognized as citizens of the countries they have lived in for generations.

While displaced persons’ primary concern is safety, most want to return home. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the global non-governmental organization charged with caring for displaced persons, pursues one of three durable solutions with the populations under its protection. Ideally, those who have fled either within their own countries or to another are able to be repatriated back home. Over the past ten years, for every 2 refugees resettled to a new country, 8 repatriated to their home countries.

For those unable to return home but residing in a welcoming country of asylum, refugees integrate locally and rebuild their lives. In 2014, 27 countries granted citizenship to 32,100 refugees. However, as developing countries are host to over four fifths - 86% - of the world’s refugees, they are not always able to offer permanent haven to these migrants. Less than one percent of the world’s refugees are resettled. In 2014, 105,200 refugees were resettled to 26 countries, with the highest number, but smallest per capita percentage, to the United States.

Facts compiled from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This infographic shows a bit more information about where refugees went in 2014 and the role the United States plays in resettling refugees.
Refugee movement and resettlement data 2014 Infographic

The services of our Basic Needs Programs work to meet the needs of people we serve in a supportive way.
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Immigration Services provides counseling, assistance in completing immigration forms and photographs to individuals seeking assistance in most immigration matters.
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Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. has always been engaged in the humanitarian aid to refugees, starting with the finding of foster homes for 43 Cuban refugee children in 1962.
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If you are a parent looking for support to reduce stressors and increase your skills, our staff can help you with opportunities to meet the many challenges faced by families.
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A variety of services are provided to the Hispanic community in Middle Tennessee by Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.'s Hispanic Services programs.
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Catholic Charities' Living at Home program assists seniors in their efforts to age in place.
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Since 1976, Catholic Charities School Counseling Program has helped thousands of students and their families find their way during times of distress.
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Caring Choices is a state-licensed adoption agency operated by Catholic Charities of TN, Inc. serving all races and religions.
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We have been engaged in humanitarian aid to refugee since 1962. Thousands from more than 35 countries have received help through Catholic Charities.
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