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Written by a former National Geographic employee who also proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today is World Refugee Day, marking the roughly 26 million internally displaced persons (IDPs, people who are forced to move elsewhere in their own country) and 15 million refugees (people forced to move outside their own country). The 41-or-so million displaced around the world for 2011 is actually lower than the 43-or-so million displaced in 2010. Fortunately, there has been some moves back home into Iraq and Afghanistan by refugees who's area is now safe or at very least out of the immediate conflict zone. However, The Arab Spring Wars and other other conflicts both new and old have resulted in 4.3 million new refugees and IDPs in the past year.