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Rebecca Flaig of Goochland, Va., left, and Ryan Jung of Richmond hold their umbrellas aloft as part of the World AIDS Day event on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. A sea of red umbrellas, in the form of a giant red ribbon, were displayed. A man holds a poster featuring [...]

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THROWING STONES: A Palestinian child threw stones toward Israeli border guards during clashes in Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, Thursday. (Ahmad Gharabli/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

A ROUGH PATCH: A statue of Umm Kulthum, a deceased Egyptian singer, wore an eye patch Thursday. Someone placed the patch there to symbolize protesters wounded in clashes with security forces during recent protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square before parliamentary elections. (Nasser Nasser/Associated Press)

A MIGHTY WIND: Keith Curo looked at a damaged Shell gas station in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday. Some of the worst winds in years blasted through California overnight, gusting up to 97 mph, toppling trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people. (Bret Hartman/Associated Press)

UP, THEN DOWN: A trader worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday. Stocks fell following reports that Germany would continue to oppose common euro-zone debt and after comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the crisis enveloping Europe. (Jin Lee/Bloomberg)

SWEPT AWAY: Workers at a Canon manufacturing factory swept the ground outside their workplace in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand, Thursday. Manufacturing is resuming in Thailand as floodwaters have receded. (Rachen Sageamsak/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

BILLOWING BLACK SMOKE: Firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at United Bank Limited in downtown Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday. According to local reports, the blaze started due to an electrical short circuit. (Khaqan Khawer/European Pressphoto Agency)

FIRESIDE: Supporters of South Ossetian presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva warmed themselves near a fire during a rally in Tskhinvali, Georgia, Thursday. A court threw out results that had the candidate leading and barred her from competing in a new election in March. (Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters)

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A park ranger stands at the site of a new eruption in Virunga National Park near Goma, on November 24, 2011. Almost three weeks after a fissure opened amidst dense flat forest, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park has seen an increasing number of tourists seeking to be guided on treks to witness [...]

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HOLY SANCTUARY HOLY SANCTUARY: A displaced woman prayed Friday inside a war-ravaged Cathedral in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Feisal Omar/Reuters)

ALL SMILES ALL SMILES: Two nuns were splashed with water Friday before the arrival of the Pope Benedict XVI at Cibeles Square in Madrid, Spain. (Emilio Naranjo/European Pressphoto Agency)

FIREBALL FIREBALL: Men retreated as a fireball rose from tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces in Quetta, Pakistan. Gunmen attacked and then set fire to the trucks. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

BLAST VICTIM BLAST VICTIM: An injured child lay on a hospital bed Friday at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan. A suicide bomber hit a Pakistani mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 100 others in the tribal district of Khyber. ( Hasham Ahmed/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

MOURNING MOURNING: An Israeli mourner cried Friday during the funeral of a 22-year-old soldier at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Eight Israelis were killed in a string of attacks in the south of the country, prompting a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting Gaza. (Ahmad Gharabli/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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Their homelands are torn by war, economic distress, political strife, or environmental collapse. They choose to leave, or have no choice. They're called migrants, refugees, or internally displaced people. The labels are inadequate as often circumstances could allow all three descriptions, or some combination of them. Once in their new countries, they face difficult transitions, discrimination, or outright hostility. Host countries are burdened with the economic and political repercussions of the arrivals, while home nations are sometimes saddled with a "brain drain" of their most important human resources. Immigration is a hot-button issue in the American presidential race, and a wave of new arrivals from Libya to Italy has left the European Union struggling with decisions over the Schengen policy of borderless travel between member nations. Gathered here are images of some of the estimated 214 million people worldwide in the process of redefining what "home" means to them. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
Rescuers help people in the sea after a boat carrying some 250 migrants crashed into rocks as they tried to enter the port of Pantelleria, an island off the southern coast of Italy, on April 13. Italy is struggling to cope with a mass influx of immigrants from north Africa, many of whom risk their lives by sailing across the often stormy Meditteranean in makeshift vessels. (Francesco Malavolta/AFP/Getty Images)

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An auxiliary police officer waved a prosthetic leg during a protest near the Parliament in Algiers Monday. Workers were demanding a pay raise. (Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images)

Employees of the government of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir scuffled with police during a protest calling over employment benefits. (Jaipal Singh/European Pressphoto Agency)

Dancers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performed during a Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

Yemeni protesters threw a boy into the air during demonstrations against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a Monday. After days of delay, he officially rejected a proposal that he step down this year and reiterated that he would remain in power until his term ends in 2013. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

A boat full of would-be immigrants made its way to the Italian island of Lampedusa early Monday morning. A total of 155 immigrants landed on the island Monday morning, and customs police patrolling the Strait of Sicily by air sighted eight other boats on their way, as migrant workers flee the recent violence in Libya. (Roberto Salomone/AFP/Getty Images)

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