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World Refugee Day in Ireland

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.

View the World Refugee Day toolkit here.

Browse the events across Ireland, and find more information about our book reading campaign below.


Christ Church Cathedral

Date: 14-20 June 2021

The Christ Church Cathedral Dublin will be hosting various events around the week of World Refugee Day.

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Date: 23 June 2021

A discussion around growing the Refugee Community Sponsorship program in Ireland.

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Sanctuary and a New Ireland

Date: 17 June 2021

‘Cead Mile Failte – but is it really’’ - A Courageous conversation.
Dermot Dunn, Dean of Christchurch and Nick Henderson, CEO of Irish Refugee Council explore contradiction of the extensive Irish development work overseas to the difficulties of refugees trying to come to Ireland and the welcome they get.

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Life after Dublin: UK and Irish protection policy

Date: 16 June 2021

This seminar will consider some of the issues that have arisen post Brexit, including discussion of the broadened inadmissibility concept in both jurisdictions and scope for transfers between UK and Ireland.

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GOAL: Home from Home

Date: 17 June 2021

The event will help shine a light on the lives of refugees in Turkey with the premiere of a moving, thought-provoking documentary and photo exhibition. 

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Implementing the end of Direct Provision

Date: 17 June 2021

This seminar with the Irish Refugee Council will focus on forward looking ideas and recomendations.

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Challenge Yourself this Summer with Gaisce!

Date: 17 June 2021

As part of Gaisce's work to mark World Refugee Day this June, they are hosting this info session and catch up for anyone who wants to hear more about the Gaisce Awards.

If you're:

- Between 18-25 years old

- Based in Ireland

- Asylum seeker/have refugee status

They want to support you in taking up a Gaisce Award, or continuing your journey across Bronze, Silver or Gold.

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Move your Mood, Afrobeat dance and Wellbeing workshops

Date: 21 June 2021

These workshops will take place outdoors in Dublin for young people aged 16-25 years.

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LGBT Ireland lunchtime webinar

Date: 21 June 2021

Is Rainbow Muid members and animation contributors Njabulo and Edmir share experiences and perspectives on what is needed to support LGBT+ people in Direct Provision to achieve and maintain better mental health Jennifer Laing onsite psychologist in Balseskin Reception Centre, Finglas shares her perspective and overview.


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Fantastic DNA at Home

Date: 20 June 2021

NUI Galway's University of Sanctuary initiative, the Galway Traveller Movement, the Galway BRIDGE project, Walk the Talk Galway and Cell Explorers will come together to celebrate a day of events to show solidarity with those seeking international protection around the word.

One of the events, called "Fantastic DNA at Home", explores DNA, the instruction book found in cells that make up all living things! Work like a modern biologist and extract DNA from cells from home with both scientific small equipment and everyday life items.

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Empowering Refugee Entrepreneurs Awards

Date: 20 June 2021

Dignity Partnership (DiP) is a social enterprise that promotes and supports refugee entrepreneurs. This social enterprise is led by people

Join them as we recognise strength and courage, while together we heal, learn and shine!

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#DreamballIreland Competition

Deadline: 25 June 2021

Gaisce – The President’s Award have teamed up with Bohemian Football Club and are calling on young people across Ireland to design their dream ball design – inspired by how sport and physical recreation brings us together, regardless of where you come from. 

As part of the International UNHCR’s ‘Youth With Refugees’ Art Contest, we’re calling on young people in Ireland to use their artistic creativity to show solidarity with refugees and asylum-seekers all over the world.

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NUI Galway’s Youth Academy Places

Date: 12-16 July, 19-23 July

NUI Galway’s Youth Academy will also offer a number of free places on their July summer camps to international protection applicants, refugees, vulnerable immigrant groups and Irish Travellers to mark World Refugee Day. The weekly summer camps will run from 12-16 July, and 19-23 July. To book a place on the summer camps, or for more information please email [email protected].

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Garden Walk in Galway

Date: 19 June 2021

 Walk the Talk Galway and the BRIDGE project will host a fun ‘garden walk’ around Westside Community Garden.Register via email to [email protected] or [email protected].

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2021 Book Reading Campaign

Find more information on our book reading campaign 2021 here.

Football for Unity 2021

Click here to find out more about the Football for Unity festival which is running across Dublin this summer. 

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.


“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