Other Terms for Refugees

There are many different terms used to talk about refugees. The differences between some of those terms are clarified here. Refugee A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her home country because of the threat of persecution on the basis of race, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular…

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What is a Refugee?

The term refugee is all over the news these days, but what exactly does it mean? Who qualifies as a refugee and what makes them one? Dictionaries commonly define a refugee as: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. The United Nations, at…

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Book Review: The Middle of Everywhere

The Middle of Everywhere: The World’s Refugees Come to Our Town by Mary Pipher is one woman’s experience with globalization on a practical and local level. Born and raised in Nebraska, Pipher realizes that the middle of nowhere has suddenly become “the middle of everywhere.” She spends 367 pages weaving story after story of refugees…

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