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World Refugee Day in Asia and the Pacific

Conflict and persecution have forced more than 80 million people around the world to flee their homes.

This World Refugee Day, we call on communities and governments to include them – in health care, education and sport.

Only by working together can we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we heal, learn and shine.


World Refugee Day 2021

We are celebrating the contributions that people forced to flee their homes are making to our communities and our countries.

COVID-19 has put a strain on health care, schools and our communities. We have all had to do our part to keep each other safe and, despite the challenges, refugees and displaced people have stepped up.

Refugees step up for their communities. It’s time we step up for them.

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Iran. Moheyman, an Iraqi refugee nurse, begins is 12-hour night shift at the in-patient ward of a hospital in the south of Iran. He administers the COVID-19 tests to patients.

Together we heal.

After earning a nursing degree on a UNHCR scholarship, Iraqi nurse Moheyman has been working tirelessly to assist Iranians and fellow refugees throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Meet Moheyman

Iran. Moheyman, an Iraqi refugee nurse, begins is 12-hour night shift at the in-patient ward of a hospital in the south of Iran. He administers the COVID-19 tests to patients.

Together we learn.

Tasmida Johar, a 21-year-old refugee, is the first Rohingya woman to gain admission to university in India. She is one of the relatively few refugees pursuing university studies anywhere in the world – only 3 per cent of young refugees globally are enrolled in higher education.

Meet Tasmida

France. IOC Scholarship Holder Masomah Ali Zada trains with hopes of a place on the Tokyo 2020 Refugee Olympic Team

Together we shine.

A badminton player from Syria, a road cyclist from Afghanistan and a long-distance runner from Sudan are among 29 athletes who will compete in Tokyo this summer as part of the 2020 Refugee Olympic Team. Cheer on the Team this summer!

Meet the Refugee Olympic Team

“Throughout this challenging time, we have…seen a connectedness that transcends borders. Ordinary people have stepped up to help. Host communities…have continued to demonstrate a remarkable welcome.”

–Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees