Global Refugee Crisis


Refugee Emergency

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Message of Hope to World Leaders

Former refugees of World War II and current refugees of Syria War have strong messages of hope for world leaders tackling the refugee crisis.

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp

CARE is working in Dadaab to provide a safe haven for those fleeing violence and food insecurity in the Horn of Africa.

The Worst Refugee Crisis in History

Every minute, 24 people around the world are forced to flee their homes. That’s 34,000 people a day who leave everything behind in the hope of finding safety and a better tomorrow. 


Who is a refugee?

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

Right now, nearly 5 million people have fled the conflict in Syria, and there is no end to the crisis in sight.

Who is an internally displaced person?

An internally displaced person (IDP) is a person who has been forced to flee his or her home for the same reason as a refugee, but remains in his or her own country and has not crossed an international border. Unlike refugees, IDPs are not protected by international law or eligible to receive many types of aid.

Examples include South Sudan, where a humanitarian crisis grips the world's newest country, and Yemen, where more than 2.5 million people have been displaced by ongoing violence. 

Who is an asylum seeker?

When people flee their own country and seek sanctuary in another country, they apply for asylum - the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance. An asylum seeker must demonstrate that his or her fear of persecution in his or her home country is well-founded.

Who is a stateless person?

A stateless person is someone who is not a citizen of any country. A person can become stateless due to a variety of reasons, including sovereign, legal, technical or administrative decisions or oversights.

Who is not legally recognized as a refugee?

People who leave their homes and cross international borders due to natural disasters, climate change or environmental factors are not considered refugees. In addition, people who leave their homes and cross international borders due to severe situations, such as a lack of food (including famine), water, education, health care and a livelihood, are not legally-recognized refugees. The United Nations states, "All of these emerging trends pose enormous challenges for the international humanitarian community. The threat of continued massive displacement is real, and the world must be prepared to deal with it. Recognizing this, the United Nations - and UNHCR in particular - have already begun reviewing priorities, partners and methods of work in dealing with the new dynamics of human displacement."

Example of this is the current El Nino food crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Syria Crisis

Over five years of war has forced nearly five million people to flee Syria. There are over 6 million displaced inside the war-torn country. This is the largest displacement since World War II.

Dadaab Refugee Camp

Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp complex with around 350,000 refugees. CARE was one of the original supporters of Dadaab refugee camp 25 years ago and has been working with refugee communities since the beginning.

South Sudan

The world’s youngest country has been inflicted by civil war since 2013 that has left over two million people displaced.

El Niño

In a year of unprecedented humanitarian need, El Niño is putting millions of people at risk of displacement due to drought and floods.