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World Refugee Day 2022

Date: 20 June 2022

World Refugee Day 2022

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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Each year on 20 June, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. In 2022, the focus was on the right to seek safety.

Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee.

Whoever. Wherever. Whenever.
Everyone has the right to seek safety.

Whoever they are, people forced to flee should be treated with dignity. Anyone can seek protection, regardless of who they are or what they believe. It is non-negotiable: seeking safety is a human right.

Wherever they come from, people forced to flee should be welcomed. Refugees come from all over the globe. To get out of harm’s way, they might take a plane, a boat, or travel on foot. What remains universal is the right to seek safety.

Whenever people are forced to flee, they have a right to be protected. Whatever the threat – war, violence, persecution – everyone deserves protection. Everyone has a right to be safe.

What does seeking safety mean?

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1. Right to seek asylum

Anyone fleeing persecution, conflict, or human rights abuses has a right to seek protection in another country.

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2. Safe access

Borders should remain open to all people forced to flee. Restricting access and closing borders can make the journey even more dangerous for people seeking safety.

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3. No pushbacks

People can't be forced to return to a country if their life or freedom would be at risk. This means that countries shouldn't push anyone back without first evaluating the dangers they would face back home.

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4. No discrimination

People should not be discriminated against at borders. All applications for refugee status must be given fair consideration, regardless of factors like race, religion, gender and country of origin.

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5. Humane treatment

People forced to flee should be treated with respect and dignity. They are entitled to safe and dignified treatment like any human being. Among other things, this means keeping families together, protecting people from traffickers, and avoiding arbitrary detention.

You can support refugees daily and help them to be protected and included in health care, education and sport. 

Download our 2022 World Refugee Day core messaging document