When Rodrigue Wasanga and his family came to the U.S. in 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees identified approximately 34.5 million refugees and “persons of concern” across the world. This group was broken down into seven categories:
- internally displaced persons
- stateless persons
- returned refugees
- returned internally displaced persons
- others of concern
According to a 2011 UNHCR report, the world’s largest refugee camp was in Dadaab, Kenya with nearly 137,500 inhabitants. The camp—Hagadera—was part of a larger network including more than 453,000 refugees. When Rodrigue Wasanga and his family left the Democratic Republic of Congo, they spent three years in a Zimbabwe refugee camp. When they arrived in the U.S. in 2011, they were among 1,079 other refugees from their native country.