World Refugee Day

People who have been forced to flee often struggle to find a doctor when they are sick. Far from home, they struggle to find schools for their children or even a place for them to run around and play.

We work together with refugees every day to help them access these services and build better futures – and we need your help to achieve this!

2021 World Refugee Day theme: Together we heal, learn and shine

Together we heal

Help expand refugees’ access to primary and secondary health care, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and mental health services.

Access to health care and medical support saves lives. UNHCR works together with partners and host communities to make sure that people forced to flee their homes receive the care they need.

Make a donation

Together we learn

Transform the lives of seven talented young refugees by donating towards their university scholarships.

Education helps people forced to flee build better futures. We are working together with partners to provide refugee children access to quality education so they can pursue better lives.

Help fund a scholarship

Together we shine

Support refugees by unfolding your creative side! Send us your illustration and enter the #dreamball design contest.

Sport can enrich the lives of people forced to flee their homes. It can boost mental health and help refugees gain confidence, forge new friendships and feel welcome. In our work to protect refugees, we use sport to create safe and protective environments where everyone can discover their potential.

Enter the dreamball design contest

Joins us in marking World Refugee Day!

©UNHCR/Mohamed Hawari

UNV is now accepting applications from refugees!
All refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR and above the age of 22 and meeting the educational and language requirements are eligible for volunteer assignments with UNV.

Watch a live Q&A with UNV

UNICEF-UNHCR Campaign
UNICEF and UNHCR are launching a joint campaign to promote the positive outcomes of social inclusion between all children living in Egypt and their families with the support of UNICEF GWA Mona Zaki.

Watch the PSA now

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Watch your favorite celebrities, football players and social media stars as they spend a day with different refugees from all walks of life in Egypt.

Five episodes to be aired on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

UNHCR, League of Arab States jointly mark World Refugee Day!
UNHCR organized a reception at the League’s headquarters in Cairo. The event was attended by the Minister of Social Solidarity, Assistant Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior, Ambassadors of Arab member states and major donor and resettlement countries.

Read the Representative’s Speech

UNHCR/Pedro Costa Gomes

Arts & Sports Festival
Location: El Gezira Youth Club, Cairo
Date: 19 June 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Program: Sports activities, arts and culture shows, children activities, bazar
Organized by: UNHCR partner, Terre des Hommes

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Film Screening
Location: Marriott Hote, Cairo
Date: 20 June 2021
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Program: Screening of the film ‘Beyond the Raging Sea’, panel discussion with Omar Samra and Omar Nour
Organized by: UNHCR partner, International Emerging Film Talent Association

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Artisan Bazar
Location: Misr Public library, Mansoura
Date: 20 – 26 June 2021
Organized by: UNHCR partner, Caritas Alexandria

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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 June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

Why is World Refugee Day important?

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. While it is important to protect and improve the lives of refugees every single day, international days like World Refugee Day help to focus global attention on the plight of those fleeing conflict or persecution. Many activities held on World Refugee Day create opportunities to support refugees.

When is World Refugee Day? When did World Refugee Day start?

World Refugee Day falls each year on June 20 and is dedicated to refugees around the globe. World Refugee Day was held globally for the first time on June 20, 2001, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. It was originally known as Africa Refugee Day, before the United Nations General Assembly officially designated it as an international day in December 2000.

What happens on World Refugee Day?

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.