ADJ. genuine, real | would-be | returning | economic, environmental, political, war Many claimed to be environmental refugees, leaving for the sake of their health. | civilian | child
VERB + REFUGEE qualify as Those who did not qualify as refugees were returned to their home countries. | be considered, be found to be, be recognized as Only nine per cent were found to be genuine political refugees. | accept, resettle, take (back/in) The government has agreed to take only 150 refugees plus their dependants. | expel, return | house | help
REFUGEE + VERB flee sth refugees fleeing political persecution | be displaced refugees displaced by the civil war | arrive | pour Hundreds of refugees are pouring over the border. | live refugees living in camps along the border | return
REFUGEE + NOUN crisis, issue, problem, question, situation | exodus | resettlement | status The Home Office has refused him refugee status. | group, organization, worker | camp, centre, hostel | children, community, family, population
PREP. among ~ Unemployment among the refugees has risen sharply. | ~ from refugees from civil wars
PHRASES a flood/influx of refugees a new influx of refugees from the combat zone | the flow of refugees, the plight of refugees, the return of refugees
ADJ. safe | temporary | wildlife | mountain a monk living in a mountain refuge | last (figurative) They looked to the country as the last refuge of liberty.
VERB + REFUGE take They took refuge in the embassy. | look for, seek They sought refuge in the mountain villages. | find They were hoping to find a safe refuge for the night. They found refuge from the bright sun. | give (sb), offer (sb), provide (sb with)
PREP. ~ against (figurative) Home is a refuge against the pressures of work. | ~ from The cave provided refuge from the storm.
PHRASES a place of refuge