Refugee children already faced significant barriers in accessing good quality learning because of poverty and discrimination. COVID-19 has further compounded these challenges.  

World Refugee Day: Everything You Need to Know

Being forced to flee your home is a life-changing event that often results in negative impacts that persist long after the conflict or disaster that triggered it has ended. And yet today, there are nearly 80 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18.

In 2021, it's more important than ever we recognize the disproportionately harmful impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on refugees around the world. 

When is World Refugee Day 2021?

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

When was World Refugee Day established? 

World Refugee Day was celebrated for the first time on June 20, 2001. The date commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Why do we celebrate World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day brings attention to the ongoing plight of refugees and what can be done to help them.

What happens on World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day offers us a chance to raise awareness in our own communities about the conditions endured by millions of refugees every day. Together, we have an opportunity to show how everyone can help make a lasting impact on the lives of refugees in need.

What is the difference between National Refugee Day, International Refugee Day and World Refugee Day?

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.

Donate on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day and throughout the year, there are so many ways you can help refugee children around the world. 

Donate to the Child Refugee Crisis Relief Fund
Your donation this World Refugee Day supports our lifesaving work.

Donate to the Syrian Children's Relief Fund
When you donate to the Syrian Children's Relief fund, you give children living in conflict a chance to be healthy, educated and safe.

Donate a Refugee Family Comfort Kit
Give a meaningful gift that will help transform refugee family’s lives and futures.


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