Queen Raina of Jordan also spoke, calling the refugee crisis in Syria “a slap in the face of humanity.”
In a big reversal, the United Nations says it wants to open 12 refugee camps in Lebanon for Syrian refugees.
Even more twisted: Noah briefly married an Iraqi refugee to keep her in the country after she claimed his father saved her family.
1680s, from French refugié, noun use of past participle of refugier "to take shelter, protect," from Old French refuge (see refuge). First applied to French Huguenots who migrated after the revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes. The word meant "one seeking asylum," till 1914, when it evolved to mean "one fleeing home" (first applied in this sense to civilians in Flanders heading west to escape fighting in World War I). In Australian slang from World War II, reffo.