Did you know 24 person gets forcibly displaced in every minute? Throughout history, humans have fled their homes in search of something better. The number of refugees has increased drastically in recent years. UNHCR states 70.8 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. As there are many more refugees now, there are also many different types of refugees, and their reasons for fleeing differ. Continue reading to learn about these different types of refugees and the challenges they face.


A refugee is a person who’s forced to flee his/her homes because of war or violence. A refugee is likely to be fear of persecution reasons of religion, nationality, political opinion. Most likely they cannot return to their homes or they’re afraid to do so. According to UNHCR, there are 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. 67% of all refugees worldwide come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia.

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Asylum Seeker

And asylum seeker is another sort of refugee who has not been authoritatively perceived as a refugee by the country they have fled to. At the point when people flee their own nation and look for shelter in another nation, they apply for shelter. The option to be perceived as an exile and get lawful insurance and material help. This application procedure is a long and hard one and numerous refuge searchers battle through it.

Internally Displaced Person

Internal Displaced People (IPD) are those who have been pushed out of their homes but remain in their home countries. These individuals seek safety anywhere they can find it, in nearby towns, schools, settlements, internal camps, even forests, and fields. Internally Displaced People include people displaced by internal strife and natural disasters. Unlike refugees, IDPs are not protected by international law or eligible to obtain many types of aid because they are legally under the protection of their government. UNHCR claims 41.3m people are internally displaced around the world.  Countries with some of the largest internally displaced populations are Colombia, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia.


Stateless Person

A stateless person is someone who is not a citizen of any country.  These people are forced to live without a nationality. This means that they do not belong to any country and therefore live without any identifying documentation.  A person can become stateless due to many reasons, including sovereign, legal, technical, or administrative decisions or oversights.  According to UNHCR 10m, people around the world are stateless or at risk of statelessness. 

Today 65 million individuals are supposedly displaced, including 25.9 million refugees. A significant number of people have been driven from their homes by a notable rise in conflict and brutality. The burden of reacting to this mass development has been a greater extent pushed by a bunch of nations and compassionate gatherings standing up to a crisis that could last an age or more.

This worldwide crisis requires new answers to help refugees and people in countries destroyed by the discard. Humanitarian and development accomplices must work all the more intently together in relating ways. Advancement associations can give longer-term support just as inventive financing answers for two displaced people and host networks.

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