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.

65.6 million people forcibly displaced by the End Of 2016

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.

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.

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.

  • 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

The Refugee Food Festival kicked off this week. Which dishes are you looking forward to?

Helping refugee women blossom  Order your bouquet for World Refugee Day: http://www.wearebreadandroses.com/

Airbnb has an ambitious plan to help host 100,000 refugees in 5 years.

All refugee children should go to school.
Do you agree? If yes, please sign the www.withrefugees.org petition and stand #WithRefugees.

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