Syrian Refugees Pour Into Neighboring Countries

More than 4.3 million people have fled the five-year conflict in Syria.

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.

Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Renewed fighting displaces tens of thousands of people.

From Dadaab to Jordan With Love

Refugee children in Dadaab, Kenya send messages of hope and solidarity to the Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

In Search of Shelter

The impacts of climate change are already causing migration and displacement. Although the exact number of people that will be on the move by mid-century is uncertain, the scope and scale could vastly exceed anything that has occurred before.

Letters From Young Refugees in Jordan

"I lived for a long time in a foreign country, far from my beloved homeland of Syria and far from my family, my relatives, my loved ones and my friends."

There are nearly 60 million refugees in the world today

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, more than 4.3 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."

Examples include the 2011 food crisis in the Sahel region of Africa and the 2010 food crisis in the Horn of Africa.

How CARE works in emergencies


Many poor communities in the developing world lack the basic resources to cope with the struggles of everyday life. When disaster strikes, that struggle becomes all but impossible without assistance.


Every year, CARE provides urgent and immediate relief in natural disasters, conflict situations and humanitarian crises worldwide.