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World Refugee Day

  • The United Nations՚ World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20.
  • The day honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who had to flee their homeland due to the threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
  • The day recognizes the contribution of refugees in their communities.
World Refugee Day


  • Many organizations often get involved in various activities for the day. For ex-
    • Amnesty International
    • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • The activities may include
    • Activist protests against use of former prisons to detain migrants and asylum seekers.
    • Screening of films about the lives of asylum seekers living in a western country.
    • Organization members visiting asylum seekers in detention to offer moral support.
    • Letters or petitions to governments on the treatment of asylum seekers in detention.
  • Some communities dedicate not just the day but whole week including World Refugee Day to encourage people to think about the lives of refugees and the human right to a secure place to that one can see as ‘home’ .
  • For years, many regions and countries have been holding their own events like World Refugee Day.
  • Africa Refugee Day is one of the most widespread events and is celebrated on June 20.
  • To express its solidarity with Africa, the UN General assembly adopted a resolution on December 4,2000.
  • 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees.
  • The Organization of African Unity (OAU) agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on June 20.
  • So, 2001 onwards June 20 is being celebrated as World Refugee Day.
  • Since then more than 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day on June 20.
  • According to UNHCR, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people globally.
  • More than 21 million of them are refugees and 10 million are stateless.
  • The civil war in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises of lifetime.
  • More than 11 million Syrians are currently displaced.
  • 86 % of the world՚s refugees are hosted by developing countries.

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