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[ ref-yoo-jee, ref-yoo-jee ]


  1. a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.


/ ˌrɛfjʊˈdʒiː /


    1. a person who has fled from some danger or problem, esp political persecution

      refugees from Rwanda

    2. ( as modifier )

      a refugee camp

      a refugee problem

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Derived Forms

  • ˌrefuˈgeeism, noun

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Other Words From

  • refu·geeism noun
  • proref·u·gee adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of refugee1

First recorded in 1675–85; from French réfugié “taken refuge,” past participle of réfugier “to take refuge”; equivalent to refuge + -ee

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Example Sentences

That is in stark contrast to 2015, when hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa sought asylum in Europe, sparking a nativist backlash.

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The policy basically decided not to establish a biometric database with the data of refugees and others in need of humanitarian aid.

To some extent, migrants and refugees have been hit harder by the pandemic.

The press release confirmed Jazmín applied for refugee status in Guatemala.

It also created the background to the refugee crisis that has caused so much human suffering, and possibly, you could argue, led to some of the problems in Europe, perhaps even Brexit itself.

In 1996, Bourjerdi was granted political asylum and went to Australia as a refugee.

The refugee stories are compelling at first, but horrific details are numbing.

Today, she and her family are among the 13,500 Syrian refugee families living in Concern-supported housing in northern Lebanon.

The Daily Beast recently spent time in the Aida refugee camp, and refugees there said something similar.

Refugee camps played a crucial role during the Second Intifada.

I never trouble my head about details; it is enough, the man is a political refugee, and his object concealment.

As soon as he crossed the border he feigned to be a refugee, but was taken as a spy and cast into prison.

But Francie knew and loved him; came straight in, nestled close to the refugee, and told his story.

They even remembered poor Madame Lebuc, stranded by the flight of all her pupils, and found a job for her in a refugee bureau.

Not one refugee was suffered to find his way to the city hall; and there was no need of any public distribution of alms.





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