An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. This means that about one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution.
Although 85 percent of the world’s displaced people are in developing countries, a small percentage of these individuals manage to reach our borders to seek asylum.
Who are they? Where do they come from? Why have they left their countries of origin? Are they “illegals?” Are they “jumping the queue?”
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