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Guide to researching Displaced Persons


"UNHCR Global Trends report finds 65.3 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015."

Researchers can use this guide to help obtain high-quality, reliable information related to Displaced Persons.

Important Terms

Important Terms

  • IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons)
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seeker
  • Emigrant
  • Immigrant
  • Migrants
  • Right of asylum
  • Exile
  • Political Exile


Refugee Camp - Darfur, Chad

Image Source: Mark Knobil, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Fleeing Villagers- Democratic Republic of Congo

Image Source: Julien Harneis (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Photograph of Immigrants Arriving at the Immigration Station on Angel Island

Immigrants Arriving at Angel Island, California

Image Source: National Archives & Records Administration

Refugee Camp - Democratic Republic of Congo

Image Source: Julien Harneis, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Refugee Camp - Algeria

Image Source: European Commission DG ECHO, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

What Can You Find in This Guide?

This guide provides a way of navigating Gumberg Library's rich variety of resources related to Displaced Persons (refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, and internally displaced persons (IDPs)), such as:

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Digital reference materials
  • Government and NGO websites

Librarians are also available to help you locate resources.