On World Refugee Day – 20 June -  it’s worth remembering that the word “refugee” was coined to describe the Huguenots in their flight from religious persecution in France.

The countries to which they fled offered them refuge and thus they became, in their own language, “réfugiés”.  This term was absorbed into the English language as “refugees”.

Tirr, Willy; Flight III; Ben Uri Collection; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/flight-iii-302331

For more information about this refugee artist, see Art UK here::



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