World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength, and resilience of millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, or violence. This important global event is designed to raise awareness about the challenges refugees face and to encourage governments, organizations, and individuals to take action in supporting their rights and needs. By recognizing their plight and amplifying their voices, this day serves as a reminder of our shared commitment to building a more just and inclusive world.

Established in the year 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Refugee Day first took place on June 20, 2001, to coincide with Africa Refugee Day. For many Americans, the observance brings attention to the ongoing refugee crisis affecting countries around the globe, and highlights the role the United States has long played as a leading resettlement nation for displaced individuals. America's rich history of welcoming and integrating refugees from diverse backgrounds contributes to the country's vibrant cultural fabric and economic prosperity. Acknowledging World Refugee Day in the United States is essential in fostering empathy for their plight and maintaining the American tradition of supporting the displaced.

In the United States, World Refugee Day is observed in various ways, such as hosting local community events, organizing fundraisers, and using social media platforms to amplify the stories and experiences of refugees. Educational programs and panel discussions are also arranged by schools, universities, and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness and encourage informed dialogue among citizens. The nation comes together on June 20th each year to reaffirm its commitment to supporting refugees, advocating for their rights, and celebrating their invaluable contributions to American society.

World Refugee Day facts

  • The theme for World Refugee Day in 2023 was hope away from home.
    The theme in 2022 was Everyone Has the Right to Seek Safety.
  • 86% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries.
  • It is estimated that 50% of refugees are under the age of 18.
  • The country with the highest number of refugees is Pakistan with 1.6 million refugees.
  • Under international law, refugees are not allowed to be forced back to the countries they have fled.
  • I know what it's like when you are a refugee, living on the mercy of others and having to adjust - Martti Ahtisaari, the tenth president of Finland.

Top things to do in the US for World Refugee Day

  • Share the hashtags #WorldRefugeeDay and #RefugeeStrong on social media to spread awareness.
  • Donate or volunteer for the UN Refugee Agency. All proceeds and time go toward helping resettle current and future refugees so that they have safe and healthy lives.
  • Watch a movie about refugees. Some options are: Refugee (2000), Hotel Rwanda (2004), Children of Men (2006) and In this World (2002).
  • Print out the World Refugee Day campaign posters in support of the day. Post them around your home, workplace and anywhere else you think they should go in order to help raise awareness for the plight of refugees.
  • Donate old clothing, non-perishable food, medical supplies and extra household items to a service that will transport them into an area with refugees.

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