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Foreign Policy: Welcome to Tent City

By Joshua  E. Keating

This week, the world's eyes have turned to the Syria-Turkey border, where more than 7,000 Syrian refugees have fled the Assad regime's crackdown and are now living in camps hastily assembled by the Turkish government. While the growing Syrian refugee crisis is undoubtedly grave and the media attention it has garnered is welcome, this situation joins a long list of unresolved refugee crises around the world, some of which have been festering for years.

There are at least 15.2 million refugees in the world today, according to the NGO Refugees International. While this number is lower than it has been in the past, the group warns that this is simply a reflection of the changing nature of the global refugee crisis. "The old paradigm of refugees in camps with agencies providing services in a self-contained environment is no longer the reality," says Andrea Lari, Refugees International's director of regional programs. Much more common today are internally displaced persons (IDPs) -- refugees living in their own countries who must rely on their governments, rather than international organizations, for aid. There are more than 27.1 million IDPs in the world today.

Here's a look at 10 of the world's most serious ongoing refugee crises:

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