All kinds of people can become refugees; rich or poor; male or female; doctor or farmer. No one is a refugee by choice. Individuals are refugees because they are persecuted based on their ethnic background, faith, opinions or because they flee an armed conflict.
A refugee is, first and foremost, a human being, a person with rights and dignity. Despite their differences, refugees throughout the world have one thing in common: they cannot live peacefully in safety and dignity, in their home country.