Tackling drivers of migration
Oxfam partners with local organizations to address the reasons people are forced to leave their homes. These community-based solutions and campaigns tackle sexual and gender-based violence, invest in sustainable development, fight corruption and impunity, increase access to justice, and call for peace. When we are successful, families are able to stay in their homes and communities.
Millions of people on the move struggle to find clean water, shelter, food, and work. When families leave in search of safety, we provide lifesaving assistance at camps and shelters along their journey and support employment opportunities. In Central America, this assistance includes hygiene kits, food, clean water, portable toilets, and showers for families arriving at migrant shelters on their way to the US.
Advocacy & campaigning
Oxfam advocates for policies that protect the world’s most vulnerable. The scale of this crisis has prompted calls for action in the US, but a broken immigration system and the introduction of anti-refugee and anti-immigrant policies have increased human rights violations and confusion.
- Increase the number of refugees resettled in the US: Since 1975, the US refugee resettlement program has given refuge to more than 3 million families. Although presidents have set historical annual targets of 95,000 refugees for admittance, this fiscal year’s ceiling is 30,000. Oxfam supports the GRACE Act to raise the ceiling during this unprecedented crisis.
- Stop proposed aid cuts to Central America: President Trump recently announced his intention to cut all foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Slashing foreign aid is morally wrong and counters efforts to address the root causes of migration from the region. Oxfam calls on Congress to protect foreign aid to Central America.
- End the Muslim Ban: More than two years ago, President Trump’s Muslim Ban went into effect. It was wrong then to bar people from majority-Muslim countries from coming to the US, and it’s wrong now. Oxfam supports the NO BAN Act to dismantle the Muslim Ban—once and for all.