First celebrated on June 20, 2001, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, World Refugee Day is a key moment in time to communicate with the world about who refugees are and why they require protection.
What is the theme of World Refugee Day 2020?
The theme for this year’s World Refugee Day is “Together we heal, learn and shine.” It highlights the basic needs of displaced persons, such as healthcare, nutrition and education.
Why refugees leave their country?
Some migrants leave their country because they want to work, study or join family, for example. Others feel they must leave because of poverty, political unrest, gang violence, natural disasters or other serious circumstances that exist there.
What does World Refugee mean?
Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. They often have had to flee with little more than the clothes on their back, leaving behind homes, possessions, jobs and loved ones.
Why do we have Refugee Week?
activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and people seeking asylum and how they have enriched our communities. We promote humane and compassionate policies for people seeking safety in Australia and around the globe.
What is a former refugee?
A former refugee means a person who was a refugee but does not include a person who ceased to be a refugee because his or her entry permit or visa was cancelled.