Refuges have fled their homes and country from “a well-founded fear of persecution due to” race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. Many refugees are in exile to escape  effects of natural or human-made disasters.

Asylum Seekers: Asylum seekers  are refugees who’ve fled their homes whose  refugee status is not yet definitively evaluated in the country to which they fled.

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s):  have not crossed an international border but have moved to a different region than their home  in  their own country.

Stateless Persons: have no recognized nationality and do not belong to any country.  Statelessness is usually caused by discrimination against certain groups. Lack of identification such as a  citizenship certificate  can exclude them from access to  government services, including health care, education or employment.

Returnees:  refugees who return to their own countries or regions of origin after time in exile. Returnees need continuous support and reintegration assistance to ensure that they can rebuild their lives at home.

Top 10 UNHCR Refugee Facts:

  1. In 2018 there were 70+ million people forcibly displaced, 37,000 every day:
  2. 80% of refugees live in countries bordering their homelands:
  3. 4 million Venezuelans fled their country since 2015:
  4. Millions are displaced within their own countries:
  5. Arrivals to Europe have dropped significantly:
  6. 2/3 of all refugees come from only 5 Countries:
  7. More than 90% of global resettlement needs are unmet:
  8. Half of the world’s refugees are children:
  9. Most refugees live in urban areas, not camps:

It is never a crime to seek asylum:

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