1. a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
    “tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes”
    synonyms: émigré, fugitive, exile, displaced person, asylum seeker; boat people

    “collecting blankets for the refugees”

More than 43 million people worldwide are now forcibly displaced as a result of conflict and persecution, the highest number since the mid-1990s.*

Children constitute about 41 percent of the world’s refugees, and about half of all refugees are women.*

Major refugee populations include:

Palestinians (4.8 million), Afghans (2.9 million), Iraqis (1.8 million), Somalis (700,000), Congolese (456,000),  Myanmarese (407,000), Colombians (390,000), Sudanese (370,000).*

The five top source countries of asylum-seekers in the industrialized countries in 2014 are:

1. Syrian Arab Republic 2. Iraq 3. Afghanistan 4. Serbia and Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)) 5. Eritrea*



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