What is a refugee?

The definition of a refugee is outlined in the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees. A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee their home country due to the risk of persecution on the grounds of race, religion, political opinion, sexuality, etc. This will often, but not always, be in a situation of war or armed conflict.

The definition of a refugee is outlined in the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees. A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee their home country due to the risk of persecution on the grounds of race, religion, political opinion, sexuality, etc. This will often, but not always, be in a situation of war or armed conflict.

There are situations in which returning to their home country puts a person at risk of losing their life, being imprisoned or tortured, or having their human rights violated for reasons other than the ones listed above. In this case, they are protected by other international conventions and should be granted protection similarly to refugees.