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There are many key terms that you need to know to understand refugee law and policy. This page offers key definitions to explain what some of these terms mean.

Understand the definitions

Who is a refugee?

‘Refugee’ is used commonly to refer to people who are forced to leave their homes for many reasons, including conflict and violence. Sometimes it is used to also refer to a person displaced due to a natural disaster environmental change. The term ‘refugee’ has a more specific meaning under international law.
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