From Houghton Miffilin:
()From Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law:
- One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.
Main Entry: ref·u·geeThe main point is that a refugee is a displaced person who has crossed international borders.
Pronunciation: "re-fyu-'jEFunction: noun
: an individual seeking refuge or asylum; especially : an individual who has left his or her native country and is unwilling or unable to return to it because of persecution or fear of persecution (as because of race, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion)
The proper term for these poor unfortunate souls would be displaced persons, or evacuees.
I apologize for any misunderstandings that I may have caused and/or hurt feelings (although unwarranted) that may have ensued because of any misuse I have had of the term when posting here, or commenting elsewhere.