Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


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 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr.


Who is a refugee?

A refugee is a person who is outside of his or her country and is unable or unwilling to return because of persecution or a well-founded fear of 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 partners with local organizations to provide services to refugees in various areas through the state. To find the partner organization nearest to your area, visit the Partner Agencies page.

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.