World Refugee Day

This year, World Refugee Day focuses on solidarity with refugees – for a world where refugees are welcomed.

Refugees need our solidarity now more than ever. Solidarity means keeping our doors open, celebrating their strengths and achievements, and reflecting on the challenges they face.

Solidarity with people forced to flee also means finding solutions to their plight – ending conflicts so they can return home in safety, ensuring they have opportunities to thrive in the communities that have welcomed them, and providing countries with the resources they need to include and support refugees.

World Refugee Day poster - #WithRefugees

How can you show solidarity with refugees?

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Support young refugees to pursue higher education by donating to our Aiming Higher campaign.

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Join us on social media to help amplify the voices of refugees this World Refugee Day. Follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTikTok or Twitter.

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Discover the latest stats and trends in forced displacement globally and learn how refugees and displaced people are being impacted by the climate crisis and taking action in their communities by taking this quiz.

Three stories of solidarity #WithRefugees

“We Were Here” is a Webby Award-winning documentary series produced by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and YouTube.

In support of World Refugee Day, these three short films challenge stereotypes about refugees by focusing on what unites us rather than what sets us apart. Refugees in Jordan, Germany, and Uganda collaborated with top YouTube Creators to share their powerful stories.

Bethlehem, Siona, and Miriam, whose band was on the verge of stardom when war broke out in Ukraine, spend time in the studio with UK-based music producer Jax Jones.

Bemeriki Busamwa, a refugee in Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo, shares his passion for teaching communities how to grow their own food with Welsh vegan chef Gaz Oakley.

Mohamed, a Syrian refugee and toymaker, welcomes Swedish inventor Simore Giertz into his workshop in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan.

History and purpose of World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive.

 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: 14 June 2024 | 18:00 – 22:00

World Refugee Day 3x3 Basketball Tournament

Location: Grammiko Park, Kaimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus
Date: 15 June 2024 | 17:30

Exhibition - Our imprints: Drawings by unaccompanied Syrian children in Cyprus

Location: Center for Visual Arts & Research (CVAR), Nicosia, Cyprus
Opening Event: 20 June 2024 | 18:00