World Refugee Day 2020

EVERYONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. EVERY ACTION COUNTS.

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

Today, on World Refugee Day, the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement recognises the courage and resilience of the nearly 80 million people who have been forced to flee from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and with anti-racism protests spreading globally, it seems an opportune time to take stock and consider how, in ways both small and large, we can contribute to making the world a more inclusive place. 

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

Send a message through the International Rescue Committee to refugee essential workers at the frontlines to show your support and gratitude. They are doctors and nurses caring for the sick, volunteers making masks and distributing food, and many others stepping up to keep communities safe and strong: https://www.rescue.org/worldrefugeeday

Support the UNHCR by volunteering, making a donation or by raising awareness in your communities: https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/get-involved.html

Donate to Plan International to help them support the most vulnerable children affected by the COVID-19, particularly in refugee camps and displaced settings. The organisation is also working to support the families, women and girls who are disproportionately affected by the crisis: https://plan-international.org/covid-19-pandemic-appeal

Sign this petition from Refugee Action to ask the Home Secretary to grant the right to work in the UK for people seeking Refugee Status: https://act.refugee-action.org.uk/page/30577/petition/1

Doctors of the World, with the British Medical Association, and the Royal College of Physicians have put out this letter calling for an end to NHS charging and data sharing with the Home Office. They are asking people, as individuals and as organisations, to sign the form and share: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfckxE3uKoI3HPQQmj4qnL5EmAbY5bVzxSS4K0f3vDFdFc8tg/viewform

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