Refugee Week in Australia (17-23 June 2018) celebrates the contribution of refugees to this country, promotes understanding of why people seek sanctuary and raises awareness about the issues affecting refugees.
The theme for 2018 #WithRefugees emphasises the need for the safety and rights of all refugees to be protected. The international campaign continues until a global compact on refugees is signed later this year.
Looking for a way to be involved? The Refugee Council of Australia make a number of resources available to the public who wish to join in celebrating Refugee Week each year.
World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is an important part of Refugee Week. Every year on June 20th, World Refugee Day, the world takes time to recognise the resilience of people forcibly displaced by wars, conflict, persecution, or natural or man-made disasters.
Did you know?
68.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugeees and 10 million are stateless people. 189,000 refugees were resettled in 2016. 55 % of refugees world wide come from three countries: South Sudan (1.4 million), Afghanistan (2.5 million) and Syria (5.5 million).
UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is asking us all of us to help them send a clear message to governments that they must act with solidarity and shared responsibility by signing the #With Refugees Petition.