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!

If you have questions or would like to tell us about your plans for World Refugee Day, please contact [email protected]. View the World Refugee Day toolkit here.

“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

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

Access to health care and medical support saves lives.

Together we can achieve anything

COVID-19 has put a strain on health care, schools and our communities. Only by working together can we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Join us this year on World Refugee Day and support refugees across the globe to be protected and included in health care, education and sport. Together we heal, learn and shine.

Learn More

Education helps people forced to flee build better futures.

Calendar of activities 

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, no physical events will be held to commemorate World Refugee Day 2021 in Malaysia.

Instead, mark World Refugee Day by learning, sharing, and pledging support to refugees. Here is a selection of activities, stories, videos, and information on refugees.

Get Involved

Sport can enrich the lives of people forced to flee their homes.

Support Refugees

For refugee and displaced families in Malaysia, away from their homes and communities, faced with poverty and hardship, their future is filled with uncertainty. 

This World Refugee Day, we call for solidarity with refugees worldwide and greater inclusion of refugees in access to basic needs such as healthcare and education. 

Find Out More


Let us imagine a better future for refugees in Malaysia

For refugee and displaced families in Malaysia, away from their homes and communities, faced with poverty and hardship, their future is filled with uncertainty. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and deteriorating economic situation globally has pushed many of those most vulnerable even deeper into poverty. Many have reported having lost their informal daily wages, and now face even more uncertainty. 

From Syria to Iraq, Afghanistan to Yemen, your support allows us to reach those who have nowhere else to turn. Together, we can help families whose lives were devastated by circumstances out of their control to have a chance to rebuild their lives, and give them the hope they need to continue building a safer future.

Please give what you can

Together we can make a difference in the lives of those who lost everything. Your kindness can provide refugee and displaced families with their basic needs today. 


Around UNHCR Malaysia

Greece. Refugees and migrants arrive in Lesvos.

Video: Bagaimana rasanya menjadi orang pelarian

Imagine having to flee to save your lives from conflict and human rights abuses.

Imagine working hard every day to rebuild your lives in safety and dignity, after losing everything.

Now imagine a world that fights for that to change.

On #WorldRefugeeDay today, and everyday, we stand #WithRefugees



Live Blog 2021

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency - Two participants from the Step with Refugees challenge are laughing and enjoying each others company on the Free University of Berlin Campus.

This World Refugee Day, we are stronger together

This year on World Refugee Day, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will host a live blog on this page, highlighting celebrations, ceremonies and other events taking place across the world.

Find out what colleagues, partners and friends are doing to mark the day! We have a couple of entries already to get you psyched!

Read more on the Live Blog 2021



About World Refugee Day


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. 


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