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World Refugee Day 2023

Date: 20 June 2023

World Refugee Day 2023

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.

The 2023 theme of World Refugee Day is “hope away from home.”
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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 20 June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

Find out how countries around the globe celebrate World Refugee Day 2023 by reading our live blog or by selecting a country from the drop-down:

What is the theme of World Refugee Day 2023?

This year, World Refugee Day focuses on the power of inclusion and solutions for refugees. 

Hope away from Home. A world where refugees are always included.

Including refugees in the communities where they have found safety after fleeing conflict and persecution is the most effective way to support them in restarting their lives and enable them to contribute to the countries hosting them.

It’s also the best way to prepare them to return home and rebuild their countries, when conditions allow them to do so safely and voluntarily, or to thrive if they are resettled to another country.

What can you do?

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Support the creation of scholarships for young refugees by donating to our Aiming Higher campaign.

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Join our global art contest, which will launch on 20 June, and get a chance to design shirts that will raise funds for refugees.

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Join us on social media to amplify our content on World Refugee Day. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok or Twitter.


Three Stories of Hope Away From Home || We Were Here

"We Were Here" is an original documentary series produced by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and YouTube.

In support of World Refugee Day, these videos aim to challenge stereotypes and perceptions about refugees by focussing on what unites us rather than sets us apart - our shared passions.

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Watch the episodes

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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.
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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.
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.