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Refugees and displacement

Updated: Mon, 22 Sep 2014

Introduction

Refugees are often in the headlines yet the reality of their lives is frequently misunderstood.

Tens of millions of people have been uprooted from their homes because of violence,  persecution or natural disasters.

Media reports frequently use the word "refugee" incorrectly to describe economic migrants or illegal immigrants.

To find out more, see the full Refugees and displacement briefing.

Refugees are often in the headlines yet the reality of their lives is frequently misunderstood.

Tens of millions of people have been uprooted from their homes because of violence,  persecution or natural disasters.

Media reports frequently use the word "refugee" incorrectly to describe economic migrants or illegal immigrants.

To find out more, see the full Refugees and displacement briefing.