June 20: World Refugee Day

In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.

2019 Theme: #StepWithRefugees — Take A Step on World Refugee Day Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone to join together and take a step with refugees. Join the movement.

On December 4 2000, the United Nations General Assembly decided that June 17 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day in Resolution 55/76.

The General Assembly noted that in 2001 it would mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

The dated was later moved to June 20.

How is the date marked?
The United Nations Refugee Agency and thousands of civic groups around the globe host events to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

It is observed in more than 100 countries and involves government officials, humanitarian workers, celebrities, civilians and refugees.

The UNCHR encourages people to mark the day by attending local World Refugee Day events, watching and sharing videos and by raising awareness on social media.

This year, World Refugee Day will also mark a key moment for the public to
show support for families forced to flee.

This year’s theme is Global Compact on Refugees.

It calls for investment in communities that host refugees to help ease the pressure on the host and to help refugees become self-reliant.

What are some facts about Refugees?
Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror

86 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosting by developing countries

The largest refugee camp is in Dadaab, Kenya and is home to more than 329,000 people

51 per cent of refugees are under the age of 18

The first-ever Refugee Team competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio

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