Article Analysis : ' Oregonian ' By Ashley Terry

1140 Words Apr 5th, 2016 5 Pages
What it Means to be a Refugee
A news article for the “Oregonian” by Ashley Terry There are 60 million people across the globe that have been forced to leave their home and country because it’s too dangerous. What are they called? Refugees. Refugees flee their country because of war, persecution, or natural disasters. Refugees often seek asylum in other countries, especially those whose borders touch their own. According to unhcr.org, the website for The UN Refugee Agency; by the end of 2014, there were 59.5 million refugees worldwide- that’s almost 20% of the U.S population. Just ten years ago, there were only 37.5 million people displaced worldwide. That means, out of every 122 people on Earth, one of them is seeking refuge from their native country. It may have not occurred to you that well over half of those refugees and asylum seekers are children, many of which have lost family members due to the conflicts and danger they fled from. Refugees are just regular people, living their day to day lives, but what is common for a refugee to have survived, what a typical refugee faces every day is not what we usually encounter as we go about our lives in a first world country. Many people are well aware of the 4.5 million Syrian refugees that have sought asylum in countries around the world. The other main countries that refugees come from are Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. 60 million people have fled their countries, but where are they going? Greece,…
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