On World Refugee Day, UNHCR honours the courage of those who have been forced to flee war and persecution as well as the people around the world who have welcomed refugees into their communities.
This year on World Refugee Day, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will host a live blog on this page, highlighting celebrations, ceremonies and other events taking place across the world. We invite you to bookmark this page and check back on World Refugee Day, 20 June, to find out what colleagues, partners and friends are doing to mark the day!
On World Refugee Day, 20 June, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will honour the more than 80 million people who have been forced to flee war, conflicts and persecution and rebuild their lives far from home. We also will celebrate people who have opened their countries, communities and even their homes to those who seek safety and peace.
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained our health care systems, forced children out of school and sometimes kept us from those we love most. Refugees have stepped up despite the challenges they face – working on the front lines as nurses and doctors, inventing ways to keep people from spreading germs in close quarters, distributing information on how to stay healthy and safe and more.
Given the chance, refugees will continue to contribute to a stronger, safer and more vibrant world. Together #WithRefugees, we can achieve anything.
Originally published on UNHCR on 9 June 2021