International Rescue Committee

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The International Rescue Committee is a New York-based non-profit that helps refugees settle in new countries. The organization has an office in downtown Charlottesville[1].

With a goal stated in 2006 of bringing 150 refugees to the area per year, IRC has relocated people from countries including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Somalia[2], Serbia, Croatia, Myanmar, China, Togo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo[3].

Local influence

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IRC has brought several members of the Muslim faith to Charlottesville, which has put pressure on space at local Muslim facilities[4].


IRC refugees have founded local restaurants, including Marco and Luca Dumpling Store[3] and the Balkan Bakery[5].

Immigration statistics

  • 130 Somali Bantus came to Charlottesville in 2004[2]


  1. Web. The IRC in Charlottesville, International Rescue Committee, retrieved 15 Sept. 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Is our town the new Little Apple?, Courtenay Stuart, The Hook, Nov 16 2006, retrieved 11 Jan 2010. Print edition #0546.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. 'Asylum and Acceptance' Michael Keller, Watson Fellow, presents images and a book of refugee experience in the US, Press release archives, College of the Atlantic, retrieved 11 Jan 2010.
  4. Web. Rule on money exchange slows mosque construction, Dixit, Rachana, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 1 Sept. 2009, retrieved 6 Oct. 2020.
  5. Web. 11 years after fleeing Bosnia, family starts Balkan Bakery in city, McKenzie, Bryan, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 14 Sept. 2009, retrieved 15 Sept. 2009.

External links

official site

Contact information

609 East Market Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 Tel: (434) 979-7772