RefugeeWeek 2021

A Festival Celebrating Community, Friendship and Welcome

© UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

Refugee Week is celebrated across the UK every June with a focus on welcome, community and solidarity. This year, events will take place 14-20 June

World Refugee Day is on 20 June, and this year it focuses on the power of inclusion. The shared experience of COVID-19 has showed us that we only succeed if we stand together.

We have all had to do our part to keep each other safe and despite the challenges, refugees and displaced people have stepped up. Given the chance, refugees will continue to contribute to a stronger, safer and more vibrant world. This year, we call for greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, schools and sport.

At events across the UK refugees and their supporters will be encouraging everyone to say #WeCannotWalkAlone, a message which has become even more relevant during the pandemic.

As society opens up across the UK, Refugee Week is a chance to recognise the contribution refugees have made, and continue to make, to society.

From 14 June, UNHCR is supporting events to recognise the history of welcome that has long existed across the UK, the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention in July and we encourage everyone to think about how they can contribute to ensuring the UK remains a country that offers sanctuary and help to those in need

This year Refugee Week is swiftly followed by the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention. As the cornerstone of international refugee protection, this document is just as vital now as when it was written, offering protection to vulnerable people forced to flee and promoting international cooperation to solve a truly global issue.  

We will be hosting events and marking this anniversary on social media in the lead up to July 28 2021. Be sure to follow us and to check back here to find out more about our calendar of events.