The 20th of June is celebrated as World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day is a day dedicated to displaced refugees all over the world. It is used to raise awareness about the difficulties faced by refugees who have been forced to flee their countries and homes due to natural and man-made disasters. In 2001, the United Nations designated the day as World Refugee Day, which is now observed by more than 100 countries. The following is everything you need to know about World Refugee Day:
History of the World Refugee Day
On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly voted a 55/75 resolution designating June 20 as World Refugee Day. Following that, on June 20, 2001, the first World Refugee Day was observed. The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention, which established the definition of a refugee. Before World Refugee Day was established in 2000, African Refugee Day was observed on June 20. Before the approval, however, the United Nations announced that the Organization of African Unity had agreed to share the day as World Refugee Day.
World Refugee Day’s Importance
The global refugee diaspora has been impacted by World Refugee Day. It contributes to raising awareness about refugees’ suffering by focusing light on the issues they encounter on a daily basis. Similarly, World Refugee Day aids social and civil rights advocates in pressuring global political leaders to pay attention to the plight of refugees and take appropriate measures to alleviate their suffering.
What is the current number of refugees in the world?
A refugee, according to the United Nations, is a person who is compelled to leave his place of nationality and is unable to return due to fear of persecution on the basis of race, nationality, political opinion, or religion. According to this criteria, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are more than 89.3 million refugees worldwide.