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World Refugee Day: June 20, 2011

What is a Refugee?

Under U.S. law a refugee is an individual who:

  • Is located outside of the United States
  • Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
    Is not firmly resettled in another country
  • Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
  • Is admissible to the United States

A refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Learn More About Refugees

On World Refugee Day take some time to learn about refugees and share this information with your friends.

Get Involved

UNHCR is a great resource. Visit their website for a list of volunteer opportunities and other ways to help.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/20/2011