Press Kit on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Internally Displaced Persons

Backgrounder for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

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Throughout the world, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced persons are the victims of racial discrimination, racist attacks, xenophobia and ethnic intolerance. Racism is both a cause and a product of forced displacement, and an obstacle to its solution. In 2000, some 150 million migrants were living outside their countries of birth. Of these, some 50 million people were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, and human rights violations.

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