FROM LIFE: Understanding refugees
WHO IS A REFUGEE? WHY ARE PEOPLE REFUGEES?
A refugee is a person who flees his country for safety or survival. Reasons for fleeing include war and civil war, genocide, natural disasters like drought, abuses of human rights, opposing the government, ethnic cleansing, economic crisis and having no homeland. There is a difference between asylum seeker, internally displaced person and economic migrant.
Asylum seeker...is a person who seeks a safe place in the country they've arrived in: "When we were fleeing the war in Libya, I got separated from my husband. He reached the border with Tunisia but it was too dangerous for me to travel by land and too dangerous to stay. I fled by boat." Rachel, 25
Internally displaced person... moves within the same country. At least 6.6 million people have moved within Syria between 2011-2016.
Economic migrant... is a person who moved to another country to work, possibly coming from a poor background: "I had been homeless and unemployed in Mexico since I left school. I entered the USA illegally in 2001 and found work as a caretaker of an office block." Felipe, 22.
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