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Displaced Persons: Home

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."

The Spiritan founders of Duquesne University possessed a great attentiveness to global concerns, which is still reflected in Duquesne University's Mission Statement to this day.

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

Important Terms

You may often see these terms during your research:

  • 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

Syrian Refugees

Image Source: Congressman Mike Bost (Federal Government Work)

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
  • Pre-made search terms

Librarians are also available to help you locate resources.

Guide Author

This guide originally created by Michael Janakis, MLIS 2017 and is currently maintained by Kelsey O'Rourke, MLIS.