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Human Geography

This guide highlights the resources for Human Geography, the study of human settlements in their places.

A short definition for "refugee"

A person forced from their home and seeking refuge, usually in another country. Refugees within countries are termed internally displaced persons (IDPs), and they usually outnumber those who have crossed international boundaries. In international law, the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 (amended 1967) defines a refugee as:

‘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 nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.’

Refugees conventionally described individuals fleeing oppression imposed by their home country governments, e.g. Jews in Nazi Germany. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also includes people forced from home by conflict, e.g. from the Darfur region of Sudan. The UN recognizes as a separate category those Palestinians who fled or were forced from the land currently constituting the state of Israel; they are administered by a separate agency, the UNRWA. In recent years, humanitarian agencies and academics have popularized the idea of environmental refugees displaced by natural disasters, e.g. by Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.  ...

Rogers, A., Castree, N., & Kitchin, R. (2013). Refugee. In A Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 15 Sep. 2023

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