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Emma Dorst is the Network Relationships Coordinator at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), where she provides support for local resettlement agencies and the communities they serve.
Ms. Dorst collaborated with MPI’s International Program beginning in 2015, supporting projects related to asylum and resettlement policies. She previously served as a Grant Writer and Communications Coordinator for the International Partnership for Human Rights in Belgium and Ukraine, before joining the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Ms. Dorst holds an MA in international migration from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, with a focus on forced migration and asylum issues, and a BA in Russian/East European studies and politics from Oberlin College.
From Argentina to New Zealand and points beyond, a growing number of countries have begun exploring refugee sponsorship as a way to expand protection capacity at a time of rising need, involving individuals and communities more directly in resettlement. This brief takes stock of what both new and well-established programs need to succeed, and outlines opportunities for private philanthropic actors to support them.
Rising numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and North America have been matched by an equally unprecedented outpouring of public support. How can service providers most effectively harness this volunteering? This report considers where community members can add the most value to integration efforts and offers recommendations for how policymakers can facilitate the effective engagement of communities in integration initiatives.