Refugee. n. A person 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 United Nations Refugee Agency provides shelter, food, clean water, and life-saving assistance to 32 million people around the world identified as refugees. World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20. For more information, please visit the UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency’s website.