World Refugee Day 2020

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World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

Each year, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events in many countries around the globe in support of refugees. These activities are led by or involve refugees themselves, government officials, host communities, companies, celebrities, school children and the general public, among others. On this page, UNHCR World Refugee Day 2020 activities around the globe are listed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings of people, many activities this year have moved online. Check out this page to find virtual UNHCR events you can participate in this year!

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report, released on June 18th, shows that an unprecedented 79.5 million were displaced as of the end of 2019. UNHCR has not seen a higher total. Many of them are fleeing violence and conflicts.

Read more and download UNHCR Global Trends Report

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