Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Refugee

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2953

Synonyms

Displaced person; Fugitive

Definition

A refugee is a person who has left or has been forced to leave his country or native place in order to escape persecution, war, terrorism, extreme poverty, famines or natural disaster.

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