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World Refugee Day 2017: JUNE 20, Global Facts about Refugees 65.6 million people forcibly displaced

World Refugee Day 2017

Every year thousands of families forced to leave their homes due to natural calamities and wars. In search of food, future and life many people travel to other countries and some lost their family members in their journey. Some are separated from their family and some are living the insecure life in other places. World Refugee Day marks the awareness on people to encourage and protect the refugees around the world.  The day also aims to recognize refugee for their contribution to the world.

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According to the UN, more than millions people are displaced by the war and violence, of which 33 million are internally displaced and the other 17 million are refugees. World Refugee Day 2017 date is June 20, every year the day is observed on same date and is dedicates to create awareness on refugees throughout the world.  On December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that from 2001, the world refugee day is celebrated on June 20. World Refugee Day 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

World Refugee Day Facts

People around the world observed World Refugee Day Activities to encourage the protection of refugees. Every year people celebrate the refugee day with theme, the World Refugee Day 2017 Theme is mentioned below. Since 2002, the CCORIC (Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concern) has been hosting yearly events on Refugee Day. In 2015, the Immigration partnership Waterloo Region’s Belong Steering Group took on a coordinating and partnering role. It invites you to join us in reflecting on this year’s theme, “Waterloo Region Celebrates Refugees”. Take a look at the World Refugee Day Facts on this day.

Government is taking measures to protect the refuges and individuals and community groups sharing and watching the refugee day videos on this World Refugee day 2017 and creating awareness on problems faced by refugees throughout the world.

UNHCR  Global Trends Forced Displacement in 2016

World Refugee Day Facts According to unhcr.org/global trends2016

  • 65.6 million people were displaced due to war and persecution at the beginning of 2017.
  • 40.3 million were internally displaced, according to figures from NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). In addition, 25.4 million people had sought refuge outside their own country, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  • The number of people forced to flee has increased with more than 50% over the last five years, up from 42.3 million in 2012.
  • Uganda received 532,725 new refugees last year, and was the country receiving the largest number of refugees worldwide. Most fled the conflict in South Sudan.
  • All in all, more than 737,000 people fled the conflict in South Sudan last year. Only Syria witnessed a larger number of new refugees, 824,000.
  • Turkey was the country hosting the largest number of refugees in the world, with 3.1 million, followed by Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and PakistanTwenty Four people are displaced every minute, said UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi
  • In 2015, only 201,400 refugees returned to their countries, most of the people returned to Afghanistan (61,400), Sudan (39,500), Somalia (32,300) or the Central African Republic (21,600)
  • It is estimated that 50% of refugees are under the age of 18
  • Pakistan stands first in highest number of refugees with 1.6 million.

World Refugee Day 2017 Theme

  • Currently, Syrian refugee crisis is the worst that the world has seen since World War II
  • According to International Law, refugees are not allowed to be forced back to the countries they have fled
  • In 2014, 3 million people were forced to flee, which is the highest annual increase on record
  • 86% of world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries
  • The top five host countries for refugees are: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran and Ethiopia

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World Refugee Day 2016 Activities JUNE 20 UNHCR Events List

Refugee day activities

Each day war, natural calamities force thousands of families to flee their homes to other places. In search of future and life, leaving everything behind and hoping for a safer future many of the refugees travel to unknown places. To create awareness and make people know about the pathetic journey of migrants every year June 20th is celebrated as World Refugee day.

World Refugee Day 2017 Activities & Events  JUNE 20

FEATURED EVENT
Join for a special live performance by Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down) to commemorate World Refugee Day.
When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:00pm
Where: The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington, DC
Free and open to the public.
Concert with artists Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and Patty Griffin, and special guests Scott Miller
FEATURED EVENT
Join us on Monday, June 19th for an evening of music and entertainment with Grammy Award-winning artists Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and Patty Griffin, and special guests Scott Miller and DC Magician of the Year, Eric Henning, at the Hamilton in Washington, DC. The Benefit concert, hosted in collaboration with UNHCR, will be held to commemorate World Refugee Day (June 20). All proceeds from the concert go to support JRS’s Global Education Initiative.
When: Monday, June 19, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 10 PM
Where: The Hamilton, Washington DC
Get tickets here.

World Refugee Day 2017: JUNE 20, Global Facts about Refugees 65.6 million people forcibly displaced

 The United Nations General Assembly declared the Resolution 55/76 of celebrating Refugee day on 4th of December in 2000. Globally the annual celebration of the event started from 2001 on this day of June.

The annual event is all about honouring and appreciating the strength, courage and spirit of men, women and children who are forced to move from their homeland. On this World Refugee Day, some social organisations around the world recognise the contributions of refugees in their localities and conduct various activities.

World Refugee Day 2016 Theme and Quotes

History:

The present International Refugee day is former African Refugee Day celebrated as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which has the most number of refugees in the world. Later the United Nations General Assembly on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees had made the day as International Refugee day and the Organization of African Unity also agrees with the same.

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Some of the main World Refugee Day activities are

  • Organizing Protests and rallies against their governments to detain migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Different films were screened which talks mainly about the lives of asylum seekers and their difficulties while living in other countries.
  • Members of different social organisations visit asylum seekers under Government custody and offer moral support to them.
  • Filing petitions, letters to the respective governments for the release of refugees in prisons.
  • Members of some communities dedicate their entire week that includes World Refugee Day to bring awareness, motivate other people to think about the sad lives of the refugees.

Role of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees):

UNHCR, a part of UN organisation which is aimed to protect and support refugees and helps them in their resettlement, voluntary repatriation, and local integration to another country. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group. The UNHCR was awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes for its services in 1954 and 1981.

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According to UNHCR, A refugee has a right to safe asylum, and cannot be sending back to a country where his/her life or freedom may be at risk. Every Refugee can access the national legal system, healthcare system and Government school for the education of their children.

The Organisation conducts different campaigns on their way accomplish their mission. One of the new thought of UNHCR is” #WithRefugees” a social campaign to make world leaders know that the worldwide public stands #WithRefugees.

This year, World Refugee Day also marks a pivotal moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

World Refugee Day 2016 Theme and Quotes #WithRefugees petition

World refugee day 2016

The International World Refugee Day observed on every year on June 20th that dedicates to raise awareness to the situation of refugees throughout the world.  Each year World Refugee Day is celebrated by UNHCR and countless civic groups around the world to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee from their homes due to war, conflict, and persecution.

World Refugee Day 2017: JUNE 20, Global Facts about Refugees 65.6 million people forcibly displaced

World Refugee Day Events

At United Nations Headquarters, the UNHCR are hosting the Zaatari portal dialogue from 1 pm to 2 pm.

To commemorate World Refugee Day, the UNHCR partnering with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign and UN Dept of Public Information, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon will open a multimedia exhibit and will deliver remarks from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Venue: United Nations Visitor’s Lobby: First Avenue at 46th Street.

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World Refugee Day History

The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees also abbreviated as UNHCR is an agency formed on 14 December 1950 and FilippoGrandi, the current Commissioner of UNHCR. The primary motto of UNHCR is to protect and support refugees and assists in their voluntary return, local integration or resettlement to a third country headquarters in Geneva, Swiss and is a member of UN development group.

In 1954 and 1981, UNHCR has won Nobel Peace Prize. So, following or supporting to UNHCR, the United Nations General Assembly decided and celebrated World Refugee Day on June 20.

As the resolution taken on 4 Dec 2000 but noted that 2001 as 50th anniversary resembling from UNHCR 1950 formation. African people also celebrate Refugee Day in several countries before 2000. The United Nations are noting that OAU (Organization of African Unity) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.

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World Refugee Day Theme

Each and Every year, UNHCR announces a theme for World Refugee Day that includes such as one family is torn apart by war is too many (2012), one refugee forced to flee is too many (2010), and we stand together with refugees (2016)

So, 2016 theme is We Stand Together with Refugee petition asks UN HQ to

  • Ensure that every refugee child gets education
  • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live
  • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.

Themes of World Refugee Day

  • The Theme of 2017: #WithRefugees petition
  • The theme of 2016: “We Stand Together With Refugee”.
  • The theme of 2015: “With courage let us all combine”.
  • The theme of 2014: “Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World”.
  • The theme of 2013: “Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee”.
  • The theme of 2012: “1 family torn apart by war is too many”.
  • The theme of 2011: “1 refugee without hope is too many.”
  • The theme of 2010: “1 refugee forced to flee is too many”.
  • The theme of 2009: “Home”.
  • The theme of 2008: “Protection”.
  • The theme of 2007: “Perseverance.”
  • The theme of 2006: “Hope”.
  • The theme of 2005: “Courage”.
  • The theme of 2004: “Courage”.
  • The theme of 2003: “Refugee Youth: Building the Future”.
  • The theme of 2002: “Tolerance”.
  • The theme of 2001: “Respect”.Refugee day

World Refugee Day Quotes

“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.” – Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General

 “Despite very harsh living conditions and the trauma of what they went through, they [Sudanese refugees] had a lot of dignity.” – JulienClerc

 “Refugees have done more for my heart and my spirit than I can ever express in words.” – Angelina Jolie

“World Refugee Day is an important opportunity to remind us about the on-going plight of millions of refugees around the world.” – Robert Alan Silverstein

“They are safe, but they are not in their homes. They are city-less. I think it’s just a disaster for everyone.”– Teri Hatcher

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