forced to flee

forced to flee

Since the First World War, countless lives have been shattered by conflict. Refugees across the globe have had to leave their homes and make journeys to settle somewhere else. This is still happening today. Currently, the United Nations estimates that over 79 million people globally have been forced from their homes by conflict and persecution. But what drives this displacement? Why do people leave their homes?

Taking place at IWM London and IWM North, our Refugees season explores refugee experiences throughout history and ongoing issues faced by those affected through two major exhibitions, a series of events and a new site-specific art commission at IWM London from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.

Unlocking the personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to support and care for them, Refugees gives us the space to consider our own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.

More from Refugees Season

A family and their overloaded car at a refugee centre on the Iraq-Kuwait border, during the First Gulf War, 1991.
A family and their overloaded car at a refugee centre on the Iraq-Kuwait border, during the First Gulf War, 1991. © John Keane (IWM GLF 174)
Exhibition
Refugees: Forced to Flee

IWM London

Until 13 June 2021

A Médecins Sans Frontières Land Cruiser in Aid Workers Exhibition
© IWM
Exhibition
Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire

IWM North

Until 24 September 2021

A Face to Open Doors Hero Image
© ANAGRAM
Experience
A Face to Open Doors IWM London

IWM London

Until 13 June 2021