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Plug into the refugee experience

A refugee is 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.

What is a refugee, an internally displaced person, a returnee?

Learn more about the 42.5 million men, women, and children around the world that need protection, shelter, and assistance from the UN Refugee Agency.  

Refugee Stories

Refugees are innocent human beings forced to flee their homes and communities.  Facing physical, mental, and emotional  trauma, refugees confront amazing obstacles during their escape from persecution and war. The stories of their flight are remarkable.

Refugee Artwork

All refugee children have experienced the trauma of persecution and flight. Many have been separated from their families. The lucky ones receive an education. We share a small collection of original drawings by refugee children.

Angelina Jolie UNHCR Special Envoy

Since early 2001, renowned American actress Angelina Jolie has travelled the world with UNHCR to help refugees. She has worked with field staff and met with refugees in over 20 countries. Learn more about her experiences.

Free Refugee eNewsletter - "Insider Update"

Get free, periodic updates about the refugee crisis. Sign up now to become a UNHCR Insider and learn more about the refugee cause. Stay informed, online, for free. 

You’ll receive special online updates, with an on-the-ground view of refugee emergencies from Somalia, Syria, Mali, Sudan, Libya, Darfur, Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world.