Urban Refuge leverages technology to address information asymmetries in the urban refugee experience. Using geo-coded locations, the mapping function connects urban refugees with a variety of local assistance opportunities that are not easily located using traditional addresses. The app also provides links to online resources such as job boards, informal and formal education programs, and information of refugees' legal rights. By linking refugees with existing services and information through an easy-to-use dashboard, we aim to both improve the urban refugee experience and to address inefficiencies that arise when services are advertised solely by word of mouth.
“We wanted to design a tool for the refugee crisis that was unlike any other.”
professor noora lori | founding member
We are a group of university students, recent graduates, and professionals based primarily in Boston, Massachusetts. We have a variety of backgrounds, but our passion for innovating solutions to the current refugee crisis—as well as future crises—has brought us together under Urban Refuge. What began in a Boston University classroom as 25 women and an idea is now a full-fledged organization.