There are over 65 million refugees and displaced people from all over the globe, according to the UN. While many people like talking about refugees on World refugee day, we chose to go against the norm and do it today. Besides the lack of basic amenities, refugees also face several myths and misconceptions. The lies make it difficult for them to receive the aid they require. Here are facts everyone needs to know about refugees.
1. To be a refugee, you must traverse an international border
If you move from your home to another place within your country, you would be known as an internally displaced person. The difference in staying within your state and going to another nation is that a refugee receives protection from international conventions and laws. The UNHCR is responsible for providing shelter, food, and safety for people that have fled their countries because of danger.
2. Albert Einstein, Dalai Lama, Sigmund Freud, and Wyclef Jean were refuges
Dalai Lama was forced to leave her home country, Tibet, at a tender age and is still a refugee. When narrating the incident, he described how he faced challenges as a refugee. He was, however, happy to find a new place to call home and has since made the best of it. His story goes to emphasize that living a meaningful life goes beyond money. It is about dedicating your life to helping others.
3. Many displaced people never pass a border
It is easy to imagine that every displaced person flees from their country, but this is not the case of video porno. Most people that leave their hometown don’t cross any border, but they remain within the confines of their country. Such individuals are referred to as internally displaced persons and are under the care of their governments. The pressure to grant internally displaced people the same rights as refugees is on the rise.
4. 25% of refugees are in cities and not camps
An average of twenty-five percent of the world’s refugee population resides in cities and not tents. They pay rent and lead regular lives, which gives them an equal chance at life as other citizens. Camps are a difficult place to stay, and the refugees there depend on aid from well-wishers and UNHCR.
5. Asylum seekers are different from refugees
People under asylum are those that have fled their country and now wish to have refugee status in the new nation. The process is mainly a legal one that involves the law, lawyers, and judges. Not everyone is granted status. One must meet the tight restrictions.
6. Not all refugees are resettled
Refugees have three options; resettlement in another country, repatriation to their country of origin, and integration into the host nation. Contrary to popular belief, many don’t get resettled. In the past year alone, less than one percent of the worldwide refugee population was lucky to be relocated or assimilated in their host country. The figure compares to the 7.2 million people that were repatriated to their nations over the same year.