What Is A “Refugee?”

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2017-07-16

The United Nations defines a refugee as “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.”

The term refugee applies to a very specific population whose lives are vulnerable in their home countries. Their best and sometimes only option for survival is to go to a different country. To become a refugee, people must leave their homes and cross borders into neighboring countries, where they can apply for legal refugee status through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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