Refugees: Reasons Why Women Flee War

Many women from all over the world seek refuge to escape famine, violence, war or poverty. A refugee is a person who has fled from his or her home country in addition to cannot return for the reason that he or she has a justifiable fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Interestingly most individuals granted refugee statuses are women and children. Since 1975, the United States has welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world. In 1994 there were approximately 18.9 million refugees in the world, and 75 to 80 percent of them are women and children and make up 12 percent of all women in the country (Schultz 1994). Unfortunately, refugee women lack access to markets, travel, and the right of property ownership (Schultz 1994). Focusing on women from Central America and the Middle East seeking refugee statues during the 1980 to present day; our investigations have found that refugees have to start new lives, build homes and communities in a foreign country. In addition to only a dimi…



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