Discover Urban Refugees' mission

Solutions are possible. We work with refugees to realize them.

We believe everyone deserves a chance to thrive. Our work puts refugees at the center of solutions—because no one sees the path beyond this crisis better than those at the heart of it.








“I improved my children’s nutrition thanks to the money I earned with my new sewing skills”

Guli, Malaysia

What we do

60% of the global refugee population resides in cities, in precarious conditions, and beyond the reach of most humanitarian aid. Our work ensures they have the means to thrive.


We collaborate with refugee leaders across the globe through intensive, in-person training programs, enabling them to more effectively serve their communities.
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We carefully document the best solutions to the challenges refugees face in cities, and share them with our network of NGOs–sparking a chain of effective programs around the world.
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We amplify the voices of refugees, enabling them to shape the policies that affect their lives, and we advocate for increased international commitment to solving urban refugee challenges.
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ChampsÉlysées Salon  x = independently organized TED event

Sonia Ben Ali, CEO & co-Founder of URBAN REFUGEES shares innovative ideas on how to address issues refugees are facing in cities around the world.

Our impact

  • 3700

    refugees have better access to education and livelihood opportunities

  • 40

    countries in which our partner NGOs are implementing solutions

  • 490

    refugee children benefit from mathematics, english, art and sports classes

  • 700

    women can now support their families

  • 650

    refugees have access to critical healthcare and safety information

Get Involved

We’ve accomplished so much, but the growing urgency of refugee issues in cities means we have a lot more to do and we can’t do it alone. Support the refugee communities that need it most.

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