World Refugee Day

Together we can achieve anything

World Refugee Day - June 20

Together we can achieve anything

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. Find out how you can get involved below.

World Refugee Day Assets


Download and share to show that you stand with refugees. 


We need everyone to step up and call for refugee inclusion. Pick a placard and post to your social media, showing that you support people forced to flee their homes.

In Tajikistan, a refugee single mother makes and distributes 600 COVID masks for free

Shahrbonu, a young single mother from Afghanistan, arrived with her children in Vahdat city one year ago. This city hosts the majority of Tajikistan’s refugee community with approximately 4,000 residing there, mostly from Afghanistan.

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached her new home, Shahrbonu could not stand aside and do nothing. She decided to support both the refugee and host community in Vahdat city by making protective masks and giving them away for free.

Refugee student dreams to open hospital in Kyrgyzstan

Malikha, a 24-year-old Afghan refugee, studies medicine at Osh State University. She has been living in Kyrgyzstan with her parents and siblings since 2009. While still in school Malikha grew interested in biology and anatomy, and later realized that she wants to become a doctor. Her dream came true thanks to the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme.

“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