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Protracted Refugee Situation -  The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) defines "protracted refugee situations" as involving groups of 25,000 people or more who have been in exile for over five years. UNHCR has identified protracted refugee situations as those "in which refugees find themselves in a long-lasting and intractable state of limbo. Their lives may not be at risk, but their basic rights and essential economic, social, and psychological needs remain unfulfilled after years in exile."