Refugee Resettlement


Washington state has a long history of welcoming refugees fleeing war and persecution in their home countries. Over the past 10 years, more than 30,000 refugees from over 70 countries have resettled in Washington state through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

When refugees and immigrants arrive in our state, we work with our community-based partners and resettlement agencies to connect people with vital, culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate services like food and cash assistance, temporary and long-term housing, medical screenings and behavioral health services, employment and training programs, childcare assistance and help navigating social services.

Refugee resettlement agencies play a crucial role in supporting newcomers during their first few months in Washington. Our state is home to five of the 10 national resettlement agencies with offices located in Benton-Franklin, Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane and Whatcom counties. 

Below is a chart of the local refugee resettlement agencies that are welcoming refugees in our local communities.

Welcoming County

Refugee Resettlement Agencies

Benton-Franklin Counties

World Relief - Richland

Clark County

Lutheran Community Services Northwest - Vancouver

Puget Sound Region

  • King County
  • Pierce County
  • Snohomish County

Diocese of Olympia

International Rescue Committee

Jewish Family Services

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

World Relief – Seattle

Spokane County

International Rescue Committee - Spokane

World Relief – Spokane

Thurston County

World Relief - Olympia

Whatcom County

World Relief - Bellingham