Our mission at World Relief Boise is to STAND/for refugees. Refugees are individuals that have fled their countries because of war, persecution, or threat of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group or political opinion. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that there are 10.5 million refugees in the world today. Each new conflict adds to this total. Less than 1% will ever have the opportunity to settle in a new nation and rebuild their lives. Of that small percentage (less than 150,000 people annually), the United States receives over half.