A day to celebrate

First celebrated on June 20, 2001, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, World Refugee Day is a key moment in time to communicate with the world about who refugees are and why they require protection.

On World Refugee Day we celebrate refugees' contributions and seek to build empathy and understanding for their plight and their resilience to build a bright future.

1.9 million

# of people who have signed the #WithRefugees petition

A fresh start and a place to call home

This World Refugee Day, we celebrate Bertine, a Congolese refugee living with his young family in Gillette, Wyoming. After war broke out, he became separated from his family and lived in a refugee camp for five years. He resettled in the United States and gives back to the community through his job as principal at Rawhide Elementary School.

50 Million+

# of refugees helped by UNHCR since 1951

Show your support and make a difference

Communities across the United States and around the world will gather to commemorate World Refugee Day. Find an event near you, show your solidarity and stand together with refugees. 

Featured 2018 World Refugee Day Event:

Join us for a special live performance by Mélat to commemorate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 pm at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. An Austin, Texas native, and daughter of Ethiopian refugee parents, Mélat is the eclectic soul of modern R&B.


states where people will be celebrating World Refugee Day!

"World Refugee Day is an expression of solidarity with people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or persecution . . . This not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law.” 


–António Guterres, UN Secretary-General