Myth: Refugees are mostly adult males.
Fact: More than half of the world’s refugees are children.
A commonly held belief about refugees is that they are mostly adult men – however, more than half of the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18. Combined with the adult female population, this makes adult men the minority group among the global refugee population. This demographic breakdown holds true for almost every regional crisis. For example, the UNHCR reported that the “vast majority” of Rohingya refugees are women and children, including newborn babies. Additionally, when looking at resettled refugee populations, the IRC reported that the United States predominantly admits refugee families.