Migration and Displacement

Supporting the right to free movement within a country and to leave and return, asylum in other countries from persecution, and nationality and the freedom to change it. Includes support for refugees to leave their own countries and migrate to other countries of their choice, and aid to refugees who have been forced from their area or country of origin.

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$140.4 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 5%
59% Right to a Nationality and Freedom to Change Nationality
41% Right to Asylum in Other Countries from Persecution

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $19.32 M
  2. Ford Foundation $18.99 M
  3. The JPB Foundation $11.21 M
  4. NEO Philanthropy $10.87 M
  5. Open Society Foundations $10.36 M
  6. The Atlantic Philanthropies $9.84 M
  7. Carnegie Corporation of New York $9.38 M
  8. The Oak Foundation $8.11 M
  9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $7.16 M
  10. Unbound Philanthropy $5.17 M
  11. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $4.46 M
  12. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $3.33 M
  13. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $3.27 M
  14. The James Irvine Foundation $2.92 M
  15. Tides Foundation $2.40 M
  16. Avina Americas $2.23 M
  17. EEA and Norway Grants $1.50 M
  18. Trust for London $1.29 M
  19. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.28 M
  20. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.18 M
  21. Colcom Foundation $1.15 M
  22. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $1.00 M
  23. Comic Relief $0.99 M
  24. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $0.94 M
  25. Moriah Fund $0.93 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

3%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$124.4 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Norway $52.47 M
  2. United States $27.89 M
  3. European Union Institutions $25.29 M
  4. Canada $6.38 M
  5. Switzerland $3.58 M
  6. Japan $3.00 M
  7. Germany $1.24 M
  8. Finland $1.21 M
  9. Belgium $1.14 M
  10. Australia $0.63 M
  11. Spain $0.49 M
  12. France $0.27 M
  13. Italy $0.21 M
  14. Ireland $0.19 M
  15. Iceland $0.16 M
  16. Netherlands $0.11 M
  17. Greece $0.07 M
  18. United Kingdom $0.06 M
  19. Sweden $0.03 M
  20. Slovak Republic $0.02 M
  21. Austria $0.01 M
  22. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$2,023,998 (1%)
22 Grants (2%)

Caribbean

$409,900 (0%)
2 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,485,167 (2%)
23 Grants (2%)

Global Programs

$12,183,478 (9%)
33 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$8,455,872 (6%)
47 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,071,573 (1%)
46 Grants (5%)

North America

$79,314,468 (56%)
612 Grants (63%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$2,213,890 (2%)
23 Grants (2%)

Western Europe

$33,632,532 (24%)
196 Grants (20%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Population Focus

Migrants & Refugees

$132,898,325 (95%)
913 Grants (94%)

Children & Youth

$19,778,227 (14%)
107 Grants (11%)

Women & Girls

$7,840,695 (6%)
60 Grants (6%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$51,314,842 (37%)
355 Grants (37%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$13,452,083 (10%)
61 Grants (6%)

Research and Documentation

$11,710,894 (8%)
71 Grants (7%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • The Open Society Foundations supported Alliance for Citizenship in the USA to win humane immigration reform that puts 11 million undocumented immigrants on the road to citizenship.
  • American Jewish World Service supported Programme d'Intégration et de Développement du Peuple Pygmée au Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to advocate for the protection of the rights of displaced indigenous peoples in land reform processes through a series of meetings with community leaders, a multi-stakeholder task force including provincial authorities, and a position paper for submission to the national commission on land reform.

Case Studies