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.

6%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$135.5 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 6%
64% Right to a Nationality and Freedom to Change Nationality
36% Right to Asylum in Other Countries from Persecution

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $27.68 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $16.72 M
  3. Nationale Postcode Loterij $15.54 M
  4. The Atlantic Philanthropies $13.94 M
  5. NEO Philanthropy $13.54 M
  6. Carnegie Corporation of New York $8.28 M
  7. The JPB Foundation $5.87 M
  8. Unbound Philanthropy $5.19 M
  9. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $4.17 M
  10. The James Irvine Foundation $2.62 M
  11. The Oak Foundation $2.48 M
  12. The New York Community Trust $2.27 M
  13. Trust for London $2.18 M
  14. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $2.08 M
  15. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.75 M
  16. Avina Americas $1.61 M
  17. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $1.27 M
  18. The Henry Smith Charity $1.20 M
  19. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.18 M
  20. Omidyar Network Fund $1.10 M
  21. Colcom Foundation $0.99 M
  22. Moriah Fund $0.85 M
  23. The Northern Rock Foundation $0.76 M
  24. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.74 M
  25. California Community Foundation $0.74 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

4%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$147.7 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Norway $58.55 M
  2. European Union Institutions $26.56 M
  3. United States $24.38 M
  4. Canada $7.40 M
  5. United Kingdom $7.17 M
  6. Italy $5.45 M
  7. France $4.60 M
  8. Switzerland $4.10 M
  9. Denmark $3.70 M
  10. Germany $1.45 M
  11. Netherlands $1.16 M
  12. Spain $1.10 M
  13. Belgium $0.70 M
  14. Australia $0.58 M
  15. Ireland $0.31 M
  16. Finland $0.30 M
  17. Iceland $0.14 M
  18. Austria $0.03 M
  19. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$908,852 (1%)
33 Grants (3%)

Caribbean

$79,000 (0%)
3 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$763,007 (1%)
14 Grants (1%)

Global Programs

$12,674,383 (9%)
52 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$8,220,037 (6%)
57 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,351,910 (2%)
41 Grants (4%)

North America

$85,068,335 (63%)
718 Grants (63%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$2,187,642 (2%)
25 Grants (2%)

Western Europe

$26,718,337 (20%)
220 Grants (19%)

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

$132,398,474 (98%)
1,092 Grants (96%)

Children & Youth

$12,683,980 (9%)
114 Grants (10%)

Women & Girls

$3,261,859 (2%)
62 Grants (5%)

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

$51,364,436 (38%)
283 Grants (25%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$18,733,375 (14%)
92 Grants (8%)

Research and Documentation

$15,847,799 (12%)
93 Grants (8%)

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