The current refugee crisis is but one moment in the much longer history of refugees, immigrants, and displaced persons in europe the traumatic experiences of forced migration mark the beginning of the 20 th century in european history.
What happened to history’s refugees people have been forced to leave their countries since the very notion of a country was created we take a look at some of the largest human movements in history to find out why people left their homes, where they went and what became of them.
Post-world war ii these incidents displaced at least population numbers — drawn from unhcr's narrative history of refugees in the 20th century — are approximate and not comprehensive. Refugees have historically tended to flee to nearby countries with ethnic kin populations and a history of accepting other co-ethnic refugees the religious , sectarian and denominational affiliation has been an important feature of debate in refugee-hosting nations. In the aftermath of the world war ii refugee crisis, the world set up the first legal protection regime for refugees and created a plethora of multinational organizations to assist refugees and migrants.
In order to find solutions to the current challenges posed by human displacement, forced migration and refugee movement, we need to have an evidence-based conversation that draws on expertise, research and experience refugee history hosts a broad and multi-disciplinary experts directory.
In photos: the history of unhcr unhcr's first task in 1951 was to help an estimated 1 million mainly european civilians, including these refugees in a camp in germany, still uprooted in the aftermath of world war two. We are in the midst of a refugee crisis images of desperate people, many of them making almost unimaginably precarious journeys, fill our newspapers and stare out at us from our screens.
If our history shows anything, it’s this: the united states is a nation that fears immigrants and refugees as much as it’s a nation of immigrants and refugees in 1848, europe saw turmoil.