Caroline Brennan - Catholic Relief Services. Baltimore, MD, US

Caroline Brennan Caroline Brennan

Emergency Communications Director, CRS Humanitarian Response Team | Catholic Relief Services

Baltimore, MD, US

Caroline travels to and/or works in areas facing natural or man-made emergencies

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Ask Our Experts! - Part 3 2018-07-05
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6 Facts We Learned Working with Migrants and Refugees Around the World

Working with migrants and refugees is our business at Catholic Relief Services. CRS was founded in 1943 to assist refugees during World War II. Seventy-five years later, we are still coming to the aid of people escaping conflict, violence and natural disasters. While CRS doesn’t resettle refugees in the United States (these programs are run by the Catholic Church’s Migration and Refugee Service and Catholic Charities), our rich history has taught us valuable lessons on how to best help families fleeing crisis.

5. Adults Need Work and Income. We know from experience that people find pride and purpose in helping earn an income for their families, no matter how small. Refugees and migrants are looking for a hand-up, not a handout and being integrated with their host communities benefits everyone.

Caroline Brennan is the Emergency Communications Director for Catholic Relief Services. In her role, she travels to and/or works in areas facing natural or man-made emergencies. See her contact information at the bottom.

6. The Poorest Countries House the Most Refugees and Migrants. Although media stories can give the impression that the U.S. is swamped with migrants, the reality is that 85% of the world’s refugees are in the developing world. The country with the largest refugee population is Turkey, with almost 3 million. One in 3 people in Lebanon is a refugee. The Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp in Uganda alone is home to 229,000 South Sudanese who have fled civil unrest. Richer nations like the U.S. should look at the lessons of how these countries with far fewer resources welcome and host refugees.

Caroline Brennan is the Emergency Communications Director for Catholic Relief Services. In her role, she travels to and/or works in areas facing natural or man-made emergencies. See her contact information at the bottom.

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