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WORLD REFUGEE DAY

When is World Refugee Day in 2020?

World Refugee Day in 2020 is on the Saturday, 20th of Jun (6/20/2020).

World Refugee Day is on the 172st day of 2020. There are 194 days left in the year.

World Refugee Day Facts

  • Date: Jun 20, 2020
  • International
  • Also Called: Refugee Day
  • Celebrations: Communities, faith groups, schools and people from every segments of society takes big and small steps in solidarity with refugees.
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The UN General Assembly launched World Refugee Day in2000. Since then, the holiday has been observed on June 20th every year. This day is however just an observance and not a national holiday. On this day, the world focuses on how to make the lives of refugees better. Refugees flee their homes because of war, terror, and crisis, but this is often the beginning of their difficult journey. They end up living in dangerous camps, and when it comes to time for resettlement, they often have no say in the country they are moved to. Celebrating World Refugee Day is a way to show that you care and support the refugees’ well being.

History of World Refugee Day

For many years, countries and organizations across the globe always held World Refugee Day events aimed at supporting refugees and displaced persons. The Roman Catholic Church has celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees every January since 1914 when Pope Pius X constituted it.

Africa also had an Africa Refugee Day.

The UN General Assembly expressed their solidarity with these celebrations, and on December 4, 2000, they passed resolution 55/76. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) agreed to have the World Refugee Day at the same time as the Africa Refugee Day on 20th June. The UN General assembly then designated June 20th as the World Refugee Day to be observed worldwide. Today, the day is as a way to bring to the world the plight of millions of refugees across the globe.

Every year, UNHCR announces a World Refugee Day theme under which all the World Refugee Day activities for the year revolve.

How Many Refugees Are In The World?

According to the UNHCR records, every two seconds, one person is forcefully displaced. By estimation, there are more than 25.4 million refugees across the world; More than half being children under the age of 18.

Which Countries Celebrate World Refugee Day?

All countries that are members of the United Nations celebrate World Refugee Day. Other relevant government and private organizations in other countries also observe this day.

What is the Symbol of World Refugee Day?

The day is incomplete without the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) logo. The logo is either white on a blue background or blue on white background. The logo has two olive branches which are a symbol of peace. These branches usually surround two hands facing each other, and in the middle, there is a human figure protected by these hands. In most cases, the words UNHCR followed by The UN Refugee Agency are written below the logo.

How to Celebrate World Refugee Day

Besides bringing the attention of the refugees’ plight, World Refugee Day is a time to celebrate the refugees for their bravery and strength. Celebrating them for having left the only life they knew to avoid war and terror. All these men, women and children are vulnerable and have nothing of their possessions. They suffer hunger, cold, trauma, diseases and loss.

On this day, activists engage in various World Refugee Day activities. They protest against migrants and asylum seekers detained in abandoned and isolated places. The activists also pay visits to these people to offer them moral support. Activists usually don’t stop there since they file petitions to the governments complaining about the cruel treatment of these asylum seekers.

Some celebrities are also detrimental to these celebrations. For instance, to mark the World Refugee Day Angelina Jolie has on several occasions delivered compelling speeches to bring the plight of refugees to the limelight.

As an individual, World Refugee Day celebration ideas are unlimited. Your contribution towards the refugees can be felt as you spread awareness by sharing the hashtags #WorldRefugeeDay and #RefugeeStrong across social media platforms. You can also donate clothing, non-perishable food, and household items to an organization that can take the stuff to refugee camps.

If you live near a refugee camp, be friends with them. Consider inviting some of them for lunch or dinner. Introduce them to your neighborhood as this will make their lives at the camps easier.

World Refugee Day Observances

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List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15Software Freedom Day
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
SaturdaySatSep 21, 2019Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
ThursdayThuOct 10, 2019Oct 10World Mental Health Day
WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
ThursdayThuOct 24, 2019Oct 24United Nations Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29International Internet Day
FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Philosophy Day
SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
TuesdayTueNov 19, 2019Nov 19World Toilet Day
ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
TuesdayTueDec 10, 2019Dec 10Human Rights Day