A worldwide Crisis:
Worldwide, some 70.8 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Almost 26 million of that number are refugees, half of whom are under 18. These are the highest levels of displacement on record. People become refugees because their home land has been torn apart by war. Or they are forced to leave because of religious, political or ethnic persecution. Sometimes natural disasters causing social collapse and famine drive people from their homes.
Refugees typically spend months or years in temporary or quasi-permanent refugee camps. They may eventually be permitted to relocate to a country where they can live without danger. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) assists refugees by recommending them for resettlement in developed countries as part of finding a durable solution to their needs. The United States accepts refugees after a lengthy clearance process overseen by the U.S. Department of State.
New Hampshire Refugees:
Since the early 1980s, more than 7,500 refugees have been resettled in New Hampshire. New Hampshire refugees come from over 30 countries, but most are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, escaping from its deadly civil wars, and from Bhutan and Myanmar, forced out by “ethnic cleansing.”