What Does “Refugee” Mean?
It is not as easy to define “refugee” as one might expect. In its simplest meaning, a refugee is a person who flees his or her home country because of fears of persecution or abuse, particularly by their own government. However, the meaning is affected by political change, public perception and history. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, refugees are people who have been forced to leave their country and who are afraid to return because of war, violence or persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
|1770 – 1779||The Quakers|
|1780 - 1789||Black Loyalists|
|1830 - 1860||Poles Fled Eastern Europe|
|1870 - 1899||Jewish Refugees in the late 19th Century|