World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day is observed annually on 20 June to honour refugees around the world.

  • World Refugee Day was designated by the United Nations as an International Day.

  • World Refugee Day was celebrated for the first time on 20 June 2001.

  • Governments around the world are made to realise their duties on this date to protect and support refugees.

  • While the theme of World Refugee Day 2022 has not been rolled out, last year's theme is "Together We Heal, Learn and Shine."

  • Statistics on refugees

  • According to UN figures, 20 people are forced to flee their homes every 1 minute to avoid terror, war and conflict.

  • As of the end of 2019, there are an estimated 79.5 million people who are forcibly displaced in the world.

  • As of 2019, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), 68% of the refugees in the world are Syria (6.6 million refugees), Venezuela (3.7 million refugees), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.2 million) and Myanmar (1.1 million) countries. 

  • As of 2019, out of a total of 79.5 million refugees worldwide, 26 million are under the age of 18.

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