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Forced displacement results from any number of factors including but not limited to political, economic, social, religious, and ethnic reasons. While many states have signed international conventions – and on their basis are providing refugees with political asylum and/or resettlement – international organizations are in the front line of conflicts and refugee-creating situations. Together, with non-governmental organizations, they are essential in providing humanitarian assistance. Some of their activities include setting up and managing refugee camps, and assisting conflicted regions and neighbouring states in handling refugee situations deemed ‘protracted’. In the case of environmentally displaced persons who often do not qualify as (political) refugees, the international community has yet to develop adequate responses; despite the fact that this form of displacement, due to climate and global change, is expected to increase significantly.

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Clennett, B. (Photographer). (2015). Activists in Ottawa petition government to accept more refugees. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from