June 20, 2020

What is World Refugee Day?

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. 

Why is World Refugee Day important?

World Refugee Day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. 

What happens on World Refugee Day?

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. 

Some Facts & Figures

forcibly displaced people worldwide

Internally Displaced People


Asylum Seekers


Refugees live in countries neighbouring their countries of origin

These countries are the top refugee-hosting countries in the World.

  • Turkey 3,700,000
  • Pakistan 1,400,000
  • Uganda 1,200,000
  • Sudan 1,100,000
  • Germany 1,100,000


of UNHCR refugees come from three countries

is the greatest number of new asylum-seekers in 2018

people are reported to be stateless, but they are thought to be millions more.


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