World Refugee Day 2019 – what is the theme and what are the best quotes and little known facts?

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TODAY’S World Refugee Day is an international observance to raise awareness of the struggles refugees face around the world.

We explain when it is, how its marked and some facts about the holiday.

World Refugee Day is on June 20
World Refugee Day is on June 20
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When is World Refugee Day 2019?

World Refugee Day is on June 20 every year, meaning that is it TODAY.

On December 4 2000, the United Nations General Assembly decided that June 17 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day in Resolution 55/76.

The General Assembly noted that in 2001 it would mark the 50 th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

The dated was later moved to June 20.

Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror
Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror
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How is the date marked?

The United Nations Refugee Agency and thousands of civic groups around the globe host events to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

It is observed in more than 100 countries and involves government officials, humanitarian workers, celebrities, civilians and refugees.

The UNCHR encourages people to mark the day by attending local World Refugee Day events, watching and sharing videos and by raising awareness on social media.

This year, World Refugee Day will also mark a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

This year’s theme is Global Compact on Refugees.

It calls for investment in communities that host refugees to help ease the pressure on the host and to help refugees become self-reliant.

Syrian refugees from Tel Abyad (foreground) line up at the border crossing as the others wait behind the fences to cross into Turkey
Syrian refugees crossing into Turkey
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What are some powerful quotes about refugees?

  • Albert Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”
  • Kofi Annan: “I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.”
  • Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves.”
  • Martin Luther King Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


What are some facts about Refugees?

Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror

86 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosting by developing countries

The largest refugee camp is in Dadaab, Kenya and is home to more than 329,000 people

51 per cent of refugees are under the age of 18

The first-ever Refugee Team competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio


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