Every year, World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 to honour the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. Established by the United Nations, the global event is a day to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and to promote support for their needs and rights. The day was first established on June 20, 2001, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. World Refugee Day aims to recognise the strength of the refugees who have fled the conflict and persecution of their country in the hope of finding sanctuary and living a better life. As we observe World Refugee Day 2024, here we bring you the history and significance you should know about the observance that highlights the plight of refugees.

A refugee is an individual who leaves their country due to the ramifications of war, conflict persecutions and violence that they have faced within their home country. World Refugee Day is also celebrated through World Refugee Week and is designed to provide an important chance for the community to actively see and value refugees living among them, fostering a sense of responsibility and empathy.

World Refugee Day 2024 Date

World Refugee Day 2024 falls on June 20, a Thursday.

World Refugee Day History and Significance

World Refugee Day serves as an important platform to honour people who have been forced to flee. The day was established to recognise the contributions of refugees and raise awareness about the challenges they face. It highlights their right to seek safety, builds support for their economic and social inclusion, and advocates for solutions to their plight.

The international event emphasises on the importance of supporting refugees and displaced persons and standing in solidarity with them and take collective action to improve their lives and ensure their protection and rights.

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