Currently, a model describing family dynamics in a refugee camp setting is lacking. Although the numbers are staggering, and the sociopolitical and economic consequences of being refugees are enormous, research efforts have not been directed towards individuals and families in refugee camps. Generalized trends in family dynamics are presented within the context of becoming a refugee. Alterations in family structure and organization begin in the pre-migration period and may continue throughout the process of migration. Throughout this process, the family is involved in actively responding to their changed world. External factors, such as camp administration policies, affect families and cause a major power shift from internal control to external control over future life decisions. Existing assumptions regarding family life are challenged and questions are posed for future consideration.

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