In Bangladesh, entire villages are working to raise money and collect donations to help the many refugees entering the country from Myanmar. These volunteers want to help refugees start new lives in Bangladesh, and welcome them with open arms.
Specifically in Pakistan, most refugees are stuck in slums, living in mud houses. This proves that in their new countries, many refugees are given little opportunity to join the workforce or become truly integrated into society.
In Bangladesh, the Hindu minority escaping persecution in Myanmar faced acts of isolated violence and friction with others in informal refugee camps. Once they relocated to Hindu Para, however, they were welcomed by the people and are receiving lots of support from the UNHCR, the people of Hindu Para, and private donors from Bangladesh.
While some countries are hostile towards refugees, others are working to make their new lives easier. In Jordan, new rules have been established to allow refugees to join the workforce in jobs that they are skilled in. Now, Syrian refugees can apply for work permits in approved sectors, including agriculture, construction, textiles and food.
In this video, the poor reception of refugees by many countries around the world is discussed. Many governments are violating international refugee law by sending troops to attack refugees coming across borders and forcing refugee families out of the country without warning. This shows that many countries value political gain over the lives of refugees. (The link to this video is through YouTube, but was originally found on UNHCR.com)
Telecoms operators are helping families in the some of the world's largest refugee camps use phone technology to contact family members, pay for food, and connect to essential services. This is just one of the many ways refugees' lives are being improved at refugee camps.
Not all refugee camps have only tent shelters. Some, such as the one pictured above, provide sturdier housing to refugees, with walls, windows, and flooring.
Some refugee camps are comprised of large tents full of cots for refugees to sleep in. It can be seen in this photo that the bedding is simple and minimal, with the cots pushed close together in order to fit in as many people as possible.
Many refugee children are given the opportunity to receive basic education in refugee camps.
Refugees in camps reside in cramped tents, as you can see, with little room for their bedding or possessions. However, this is better than having no food or shelter--the only alternative for many refugees.
Boko Haram is a Nigerian militant Islamist group that believes Muslims should not be allowed to participate in any social or political activity in modern society such as voting, attending school, or even wearing modern clothes. Refugees are fleeing the country to escape this persecution, as Boko Haram is destroying buildings and wreaking havoc throughout the country.
This Rohingya woman, along with her father and son, walked for two days from Myanmar to get to Whaikhyang, Bangladesh. Most refugees have no mode of transportation other than travelling on foot to leave their country.
The majority of refugees in the world are fleeing from Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, Kenya, the DRC, Uganda, and Chad. By examining the economy, political landscape, and blend of cultures in these countries, one can find patterns in the reasons citizens leave a country as refugees.
The Syrian civil war, with military operations fighting multiple extremist groups, has brought violence and warfare into the lives of civilians. With their homes and neighborhoods destroyed, Syrians often have no choice but to flee the country as refugees.
The Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, have been fleeing the country ever since violence began in Myanmar's Rakhine State. To reach Bangladesh, these refugees are sailing across the Bay of Bengal, a highly dangerous voyage for a small boat to make.