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 explored 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 gave us the space to consider our own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.

More from Refugees Season

Portrait of Ai Weiwei
Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography by Gao Yuan.
© IWM MSF identity card issued to Dr Natalie Roberts in 2015, when she was the Emergency Coordinator for MSF’s response in Yemen.
© IWM MSF identity card issued to Dr Natalie Roberts in 2015, when she was the Emergency Coordinator for MSF’s response in Yemen.
Contemporary conflict
Aid Workers: Why we do it
Being an aid worker can mean facing hard choices and dangerous environments. Discover what keeps three aid workers going in difficult times. 
Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat graphic
Contemporary conflict
Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat
What is it like to attempt to travel across the Mediterranean Sea by boat? What do those who do so face on their journeys? Researchers for the Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat project interviewed 271 people, most of whom had already crossed the Mediterranean by boat,