Why Do People Become Refugees?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 12, 2020 9:31:18 AM ET
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People become refugees because they must flee their homeland, whether it is a country, state or region, for reasons of safety or survival. Often the cause is a natural disaster, war, religious persecution or some other form of oppression. The Nazi Holocaust is a historical example of people being forced from their homes and fleeing to other countries to escape the violence and hardship inflicted upon them.