Date(s) - 20/06/2023
Each year on 20 June, the world celebrates World Refugee Day, the international day to honour people who have been forced to flee.
World Refugee Day is designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
It is managed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, which works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution or war at home.
The 2023 theme of World Refugee Day is
Hope away from Home. A world where refugees are always included
Including refugees in the communities where they have found safety after fleeing conflict and persecution is the most effective way to support them in restarting their lives and enable them to contribute to the countries hosting them. It’s also the best way to prepare them to return home and rebuild their countries, when conditions allow them to do so safely and voluntarily, or to thrive if they are resettled to another country.
What can I do?
Support the creation of scholarships for young refugees by donating to our Aiming Higher campaign.
Join Youth with Refugee Art Contest, which will launch on 20 June, and get a chance to design shirts that will raise funds for refugees. An image is worth a thousand words. This art contest is your chance to use your creativity for a good cause. Worldwide, more than 100 million people have fled their homes to escape conflict and persecution. You can use your talents to help UNHCR share a message of solidarity with people forced to flee.