Refugee Services - About Us



What is the Refugee Programs Section?

The Refugee Programs Section (RPS) provides funding and assistance to local refugee agencies and refugee service providers. RPS receives these funds through grants from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). For more information about ORR, please visit


Who is a refugee?

Refugees are people who have had to leave their home country due to war and persecution. Although refugees move to many parts of the world, Wisconsin has provided a home to over 50 different ethnic groups since 1975. Refugees help Wisconsin’s economy by:

  • Actively participating in the work force;
  • Owning their own businesses;
  • Buying homes;
  • Learning English; and
  • Becoming U.S. citizens.


What services do local refugee agencies offer?

Local refugee agencies help refugees by connecting them to:

  • Housing resources;
  • Employment opportunities;
  • Access to community resources (health, education, public benefits); and
  • Integration to their new community.


How can I find out more about refugees in my area?

RPS has public meetings with refugee service providers to provide information about refugees and refugee services in the state of Wisconsin. Read more about the Refugee Quarterly Consultation meetings.