A new definition for refugees?

Who counts as a “refugee”, and who doesn’t?

The League of Nations established a High Commission for Refugees in 1921 to aid the millions of people left stateless by World War One.

The Refugee Convention of 1951 set out new parameters, Someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Today, millions who are forced to leave their homes are covered by the Convention.