A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country of origin to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. News often show thousands of people trying to cross the country's borders when civil unrest or war threatens people's lives. Leaving one's country is called emigration, though not everyone who emigrates is a refugee.. Many refugees go to a 'refugee camp' if one is available, but many refugees take huge chances to leave their country and do not have access to support services, such as camps. Some people legally seek "refugee status" in the new country.