an exile who flees for safety
A person seeking refuge in a foreign country out of fear of political persecution or the prospect of such persecution in his home country, i.e., a person seeking a political asylum.
A person seeking refuge in a foreign country due to poverty and no prospect of overcoming said poverty in his home country, i.e., a person seeking an economic asylum.
A person seeking refuge due to a natural disaster.
A person formally granted a political or economic asylum by a country other than his home country.
Origin: From réfugié, past participle of réfugier ("to take refuge"), describing early French protestants seeking refuge.
one who flees to a shelter, or place of safety
especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign power or country for safety; as, the French refugees who left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes
Origin: [F. rfugi, fr. se rfugier to take refuge. See Refuge, n.]
A refugee is a person who is outside his or her country of origin or habitual residence because they have suffered persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted 'social group' or because they are fleeing a war or natural disaster. Such a person may be called to as an 'asylum seeker' until recognized by the state where they make a claim. As of January 31, 2005, the largest source countries of refugees are Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, South Sudan, and the Palestinian Territories. The country with the largest number of IDPs is South Sudan, with over 5 million. As of 2006, with 800,000 refugees and IDPs, Azerbaijan had the highest per capita IDP population in the world.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his or her nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country. See also dislocated civilian; displaced person; evacuee; expellee; stateless person.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Refugee' in Nouns Frequency: #1470
The numerical value of Refugee in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Refugee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It is satisfying for the descendant of a dissident refugee from Elizabeth I to present his credentials to Elizabeth II.
In the refugee camps, thousands of school-age refugee children cannot attend school because of lack of classrooms and teachers.
They can also cease to participate in the refugee protection hearing and leave the Refugee Protection Division on its own to make the refugee determination.
I went to visit the refugee camp, not really knowing what to expect, i felt the urgency from the moment I set foot in the refugee camp and witnessed their suffering with my own eyes.
This is a moment where it is better to be safe than sorry. So we think the prudent, the responsible thing is to take a pause in this particular aspect of this refugee program in order to verify that terrorists are not trying to infiltrate the refugee population.
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- refugiatCatalan, Valencian
- Flüchtling, Asylbewerber, AsylantGerman
- fògarrachScottish Gaelic
- refugiado, asilado, desabrigado, expatriadoPortuguese
- беженец, беженкаRussian
- izbeglica, избеглица, izbjeglica, избjеглицаSerbo-Croatian
- utečenec, utečenkyňaSlovak
- göçmen, mülteci, sığınmacıTurkish
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