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World Refugee Day: Everything You Need to Know

National Refugee Day, International Refugee Day and World Refugee Day — What’s the Difference?

Refugees, people who are seeking a safe haven after being forced to flee violence, persecution or war, were already among the most vulnerable people in the world. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic revealing and reinforcing deep and systemic inequalities, the most vulnerable among us are paying the highest price. 

World Refugee Day, also referred to as National Refugee Day and International Refugee Day, is a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the plight of refugees. World Refugee Day also calls attention to global efforts to protect their human rights.

When is World Refugee Day 2021?

World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20th. This year, we will celebrate World Refugee Day on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

How does coronavirus threaten refugees? 

Refugee children and their families are already vulnerable to infectious diseases such as COVID-19 in a number of ways, including reduced access to healthcare, water and sanitation systems and potentially weakened immune systems.

In Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, home to the largest refugee settlement in the world, there is currently no system in place to screen or test for COVID-19 and there are no intensive care units for the nearly 1 million refugees, half of whom are children. 

In Idlib, Syria, where conflict has forced nearly a million people to flee into inhumane living conditions in camps stretched far beyond capacity, self-isolation is practically impossible. 

And in Sub-Saharan Africa, which hosts more than a quarter of the world’s refugee population, there are the fewest number of medical professionals per capita in the world — putting both refugees and host communities at risk as the pandemic spreads.

How is Save the Children helping refugees in the fight against COVID-19?

Already a world leader in child survival, health and nutrition, Save the Children is now adapting and expanding our programs, as well as launching innovations, to address the needs of refugee children made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. We’re educating families about the importance of physical distancing and handwashing while providing critical to hygiene supplies, like soap and water, to those who need it most. 

In Bangladesh, we built an isolation and treatment center providing 24/7 care, and we’re setting up treatment screening units, preparing health centers and training staff in the world’s largest refugee camp.

We’re also supporting and advocating for safe learning and a return to school for all children, including refugee children.

In Syria, we support teachers who are holding virtual classes on WhatsApp from empty classrooms.

Donate on World Refugee Day

Save the Children was built on the foundations of helping children affected by conflict when our founder, Eglantyne Jebb, decided more needed to be done to help children left destitute by the First World War. Today, we continue to be fiercely committed to helping refugee children around the globe whose life has been devastated by violence, persecution and war.

Your donation to the Child Refugee Crisis Relief Fund supports this lifesaving work. 

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