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World Refugee Day 2024 in Europe

Date: 20 June 2024

World Refugee Day 2024 in Europe

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.
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UNCHR World Refugee Day in Europe banner with the text "For a world where refugees are welcomed" and a photo of a mother and her little girl who has just arrived in Italy on an evacuation flight from Libya which brought 119 refugees to safety.

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 shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of those forced to flee.

Join us this World Refugee Day and show solidarity with people forced to flee. 


World Refugee Day 2024 events and initiatives in Europe

Some examples of the many World Refugee Day related events and initiatives across the region:


PASS THE MIC: World Refugee Day celebration in Stockholm
SWEDEN: Pass the Mic - World Refugee Day celebration in Stockholm
DATE: 17 June 2024, 17:30-20:00
LOCATION: Kulturhuset, Foajé 3, Stockholm, Sweden
At Feyrouz, the female cooking team of Ms Aram and Ms Feyrouz will blend memories and flavours.
GREECE: Cooking #WithRefugees Festival
DATE: 17-21 June 2024
LOCATION: Various locations, Athens and Lesvos

Drawing of hands surround the Earth
CYPRUS: Our imprints: Drawings by unaccompanied Syrian children in Cyprus
DATE: 20 June 2024, 18:00-20:00
LOCATION: Center for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, Cyprus

Rooted Festival
NETHERLANDS: World Refugee Day 2024 - Rooted Festival
DATE: 20 June 2024. 13:00-22:00
PLACE: De Hoorneboeg, Hilversum, The Netherlands
World Refugee Banner 2024 Estonia
ESTONIA: World Refugee Day Community Festival 2024
DATE: 20 June 2024, 12:00-16:00
LOCATION: Telliskivi Loomelinnak, Tallinn, Estonia
Dance for Unity event invitation
BELARUS: Dance for Unity
DATE: 20 June 2024, 19:00-00:00
LOCATION: Dipservice Hall, Voiskovij lane 4, Minsk, Belarus

Two women dancing at the Cultural Rhythms Festival in 2023
LITHUANIA: Cultural Rhythms 2024
DATE: 20 June 2024, 18:00
LOCATION: Bernardina courtyard, Vilnius, Lithuania

World Refugee Day Photo Exhibition in Kyiv
UKRAINE: Providing Hope Away From Home Photo Exhibition in Kyiv
DATE: 21-27 June 2024
LOCATION: Kyiv History Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine

Football players and children pose together at the National Stadium of Montenegro.
MONTENEGRO: UNHCR and Football Association of Montenegro WRD Event
DATE: 9 June
LOCATION: National Stadium of Montenegro

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. 

How can you show solidarity with refugees?

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Support refugee students 🎓

Donate to our Aiming Higher campaign to help gifted young refugee students to pursue a university degree or other higher education.

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Amplify refugee voices 📢

Join us on social media to help amplify the voices of refugees this World Refugee Day. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok or Twitter.

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Get the latest stats and facts 📈

Today, 43.4 million refugees are displaced worldwide. Learn more about the current stats, facts and trends in forced displacement globally.


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. 

Image from a music video; three women are looking at the camera and singing
These Ukrainian sisters are creating sounds you can’t ignore
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.
A Congolese man looks at the camera
Meeting The Mushroom King
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.
A Syrian man and a UNHCR staff member work together to build a toy
This Syrian toymaker builds the most beautiful contraptions
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. 

Learn more about the purpose of World Refugee Day