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Pronunciation: "re-fyu-'jE
Function: noun
Etymology: French réfugié, past participle of (se) réfugier to take refuge, from Middle French refugier, from Latin refugium: one that flees; especially : a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution





The General Assembly established the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on 14 December 1950. The UNHCR mandate is to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.


Refugee Statistics

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

There are also an estimated 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.

In a world where nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution




The Hazara ethnic group, inhabitants of Bamian, were targeted by the Taliban and forced into exile. Today, 60 percent of the half-million people forcibly exiled have returned. This family is part of that number. Feroz Bahar, Bamian.


Credit: The United Nations, U.S. State Department, Refugees International