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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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  • Jun 20, 2020

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01Global Family Day
TuesdayTueJan 04, 2022Jan 04World Braille Day
TuesdayTueJan 11, 2022Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SundaySunJan 30, 2022Jan 30World Leprosy Day
SaturdaySatFeb 12, 2022Feb 12Darwin Day
MondayMonFeb 21, 2022Feb 21International Mother Language Day
TuesdayTueFeb 22, 2022Feb 22World Thinking Day
TuesdayTueMar 01, 2022Mar 01International Day of the Seal
TuesdayTueMar 08, 2022Mar 08International Women's Day
SundaySunMar 20, 2022Mar 20World Frog Day
MondayMonMar 21, 2022Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
TuesdayTueMar 22, 2022Mar 22World Water Day
WednesdayWedMar 23, 2022Mar 23World Meteorological Day
ThursdayThuMar 24, 2022Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 26, 2022Mar 26Earth Hour
SaturdaySatApr 02, 2022Apr 02International Children's Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 07, 2022Apr 07World Health Day
TuesdayTueApr 12, 2022Apr 12Yuri's Night
SaturdaySatApr 16, 2022Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
ThursdayThuApr 21, 2022Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
FridayFriApr 22, 2022Apr 22Earth Day
SaturdaySatApr 23, 2022Apr 23World Book Day
MondayMonApr 25, 2022Apr 25World Penguin Day
MondayMonApr 25, 2022Apr 25World Malaria Day
TuesdayTueMay 03, 2022May 03World Press Freedom Day
ThursdayThuMay 05, 2022May 05International Midwives Day
SundaySunMay 08, 2022May 08World Red Cross Day
TuesdayTueMay 10, 2022May 10World Lupus Day
ThursdayThuMay 12, 2022May 12International Nurses Day
FridayFriMay 13, 2022May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SundaySunMay 15, 2022May 15International Day of Families
TuesdayTueMay 17, 2022May 17World Hypertension Day
WednesdayWedMay 18, 2022May 18International Museum Day
SaturdaySatMay 21, 2022May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SundaySunMay 22, 2022May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
MondayMonMay 23, 2022May 23World Turtle Day
TuesdayTueMay 24, 2022May 24World Schizophrenia Day
WednesdayWedMay 25, 2022May 25Towel Day
TuesdayTueMay 31, 2022May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 01, 2022Jun 01World Milk Day
FridayFriJun 03, 2022Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SundaySunJun 05, 2022Jun 05World Environment Day
WednesdayWedJun 08, 2022Jun 08World Ocean Day
TuesdayTueJun 14, 2022Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
ThursdayThuJun 16, 2022Jun 16International Day of the African Child
FridayFriJun 17, 2022Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
MondayMonJun 20, 2022Jun 20World Refugee Day
TuesdayTueJun 21, 2022Jun 21International Yoga Day
SundaySunJun 26, 2022Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
MondayMonJul 11, 2022Jul 11World Population Day
SaturdaySatJul 16, 2022Jul 16World Snake Day
ThursdayThuJul 28, 2022Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 07, 2022Aug 07International Friendship Day
MondayMonAug 08, 2022Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
TuesdayTueAug 09, 2022Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
WednesdayWedAug 10, 2022Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
FridayFriAug 12, 2022Aug 12International Youth Day
SaturdaySatAug 13, 2022Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
SundaySunAug 14, 2022Aug 14World Lizard Day
TuesdayTueAug 23, 2022Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
ThursdayThuSep 08, 2022Sep 08International Literacy Day
TuesdayTueSep 13, 2022Sep 13International Chocolate Day
ThursdayThuSep 15, 2022Sep 15Software Freedom Day
ThursdayThuSep 15, 2022Sep 15International Day of Democracy
FridayFriSep 16, 2022Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
MondayMonSep 19, 2022Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
WednesdayWedSep 21, 2022Sep 21World Gratitude Day
ThursdayThuSep 22, 2022Sep 22World Car-Free Day
ThursdayThuSep 29, 2022Sep 29Inventors Day
ThursdayThuSep 29, 2022Sep 29World Heart Day
SaturdaySatOct 01, 2022Oct 01International Music Day
SaturdaySatOct 01, 2022Oct 01World Ballet Day
SundaySunOct 02, 2022Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
MondayMonOct 03, 2022Oct 03World Temperance Day
TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04World Animal Day
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05World Teacher's Day
MondayMonOct 10, 2022Oct 10World Mental Health Day
SundaySunOct 16, 2022Oct 16World Food Day
MondayMonOct 17, 2022Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
MondayMonOct 24, 2022Oct 24United Nations Day
SaturdaySatOct 29, 2022Oct 29International Internet Day
TuesdayTueNov 08, 2022Nov 08World Town Planning Day
MondayMonNov 14, 2022Nov 14World Diabetes Day
WednesdayWedNov 16, 2022Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
SaturdaySatNov 19, 2022Nov 19World Toilet Day
MondayMonNov 21, 2022Nov 21World Television Day
FridayFriNov 25, 2022Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
WednesdayWedNov 30, 2022Nov 30International Computer Security Day
ThursdayThuDec 01, 2022Dec 01World Aids Day
FridayFriDec 02, 2022Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
MondayMonDec 05, 2022Dec 05International Volunteers Day
WednesdayWedDec 07, 2022Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
SaturdaySatDec 10, 2022Dec 10Human Rights Day