World Refugee Day

Hope away from Home. A world where refugees are always included

© UNHCR/Pauline Omagwa


A world where refugees are always included


UNHCR | World Refugee Day

© UNHCR/Pauline Omagwa

40% of learners in Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement are girls

© UNHCR/Pauline Omagwa

World Refugee Day 2023

Each year on 20 June, the world celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

Honduran refugee plays a football game with his children at their home in northern Mexico.

© UNHCR/Ruben Salgado Escudero

What is World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on 20 June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

Refugees as well as host community members learn how to produce cook stoves.

© UNHCR/Petterik Wiggers

Hope away from Home

This year, World Refugee Day focuses on the power of inclusion and solutions for refugees.

Including refugees in the communities where they have found safety after fleeing conflict and persecution is the most effective way to support them in restarting their lives and enable them to contribute to the countries hosting them. It’s also the best way to prepare them to return home and rebuild their countries, when conditions allow them to do so safely and voluntarily, or to thrive if they are resettled to another country.

What can you do

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Support the creation of scholarships for young refugees by donating to our Aiming Higher campaign.

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Join our global art contest, which will launch on 20 June, and get a chance to design shirts that will raise funds for refugees.

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 World Refugee Day Events

Each year, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events in many countries around the globe in support of refugees. These activities are led by or involve refugees themselves, government officials, host communities, companies, celebrities, school children and the general public, among others.

World Refugee Day Street Festival

Location: Phaneromeni Square, Nicosia, Cyprus
Date: 16 June 2023 | 18:00 – 22:00

Sistema Cyprus: Blending Melodies in Concert

Location: Nicosia Municipal Theatre, Nicosia, Cyprus
Date: 23 June 2023 | 19:30

World Refugee Day Futsal Tournament 2023

Location: Central Park Futsal, Nicosia, Cyprus
Date: 24 June 2023 | 17:30-21:30