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IMmigrant. Refugee.


Our Impact

LIRS Has Welcomed More Than 500,000

Refugees and Migrants

For almost 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has been a champion for refugees and migrants from around the globe.

Our legacy of compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have found safety and hope in America’s communities.

Our history reflects American Lutherans’ deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those who are most in need. Through the Long Welcome, we help ensure that refugees and migrants are protected, embraced, and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities.

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Our Vision & Mission

We approach our work from a grounding in our deepest core values, reflecting our understanding of how we witness to God's love for all people to realize a vision of just and welcoming communities.

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The Latest

News at LIRS

  • 10 Reasons Why America Needs Refugees Monday, Aug 13
    As the White House weighs how many refugees to allow into the United States, LIRS warns of the consequences of decreasing the refugee ceiling in 2019. Aside from the fundamental moral responsibilit...
  • Ten Things You Can Do To Welcome the Stranger Thursday, Aug 9
    In Your Congregation Pray for the safety and protection of refugees & migrants. Organize a Refugee Sunday in your church. Embrace refugees through the LIRS Circle of Welcome...
  • Hosting Refugee Sunday – A Small Effort With A Big Reward Friday, Jul 13
    Our church family at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Millersville, MD wanted to share how simple and satisfying it was to partner with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) ...
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