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. But our concern and response must be for more than just one day
It’s not Just About Migrants. It’s Also About Our Fears
‘We are called to overcome fear and open up to encounter’
– Pope Francis
Did you know?
68.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, of whom 25.4 million are refugees, 40 million internally displaced and 3.1 million are asylum seekers. That means 1 person in every 110 globally is either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.
One person becomes displaced every two seconds – less than the time it took you to read this sentence.
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 taking a step with refugees and for cities to help the displaced help themselves.