Inside Out: Refugees Today

03.11.20 | Martha Manikas-Foster

Christians suffer the worst persecution in many of the same countries the world’s 25 million refugees are fleeing. But a cap on refugee resettlement in 2020 means that the United States will be providing safe harbor to the lowest number of refugees in the past 40 years, affecting people of all belief systems hoping to find safety in the U.S.

“A refugee, at least in U.S. law and also international law, is specifically someone who’s been forced to flee persecution—and flee, actually, their country,” says Matthew Soerens in our recorded conversation. “So they’ve left the country because of persecution. That is specifically on account of their race, religion, political opinion, national origin, or social group.”

Matthew Soerens is the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization & Advocacy for the Christian humanitarian organization World Relief. He is also the National Coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table, and co-author of the books “Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis” and “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate.”

Choose the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD option above to listen to our conversation about the largest number of refugees in world history, and how God’s people are called to serve those in need.

Learn about the World Relief’s work with refugees.

Learn about Matthew Soerens.



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