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World Refugee Day - June 20

The UNHCR refugee camp. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.


Figures at a Glance (UNHCR website)

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Sign the #WithRefugees Campaign petition - The petition asks governments to:

What can you do to honor the courage of refugees?

Learn more about the current refugee situtation. Visit the UNHCR website.

Learn more about the contributions of refugees to the US, including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Gloria Estefan, Henry Kissinger, Ruth Westheimer, and Madeleine Albright. Refugees who changed the world - CNN

Download "My Life as a Refugee" (available on IOS and Android) or "Finding Home" (available only on Android) app - Could you survive?

Other interactive opportunities on the internet to learn more or experience what it is like to be a refugee:

Consider hiring an immigrant or refugee

Wear UN blue on June 20 to show your support.

Read a book about refugees:

Make a donation to a refugee service agency, including the International Institute.

 

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