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World Refugee Day observed on 20th June

Published on June 21, 2019
World Refugee Day is observed on June 20th each year.
World Refugee Day observed on 20th June


  • The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.
  • The theme for 2019 World Refugee day is #StepWithRefugees - Take A Step on World Refugee Day.
  • The theme expects communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life should take big and small steps in solidarity with refugees.

Who is a Refugee?

  • Refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.

One must know:

  • The United Nations General Assembly decided that from 2000, 20th June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.
  • The General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
  • Prior to 2000, the African Refugee Day had been formally celebrated in several countries.
  • The Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to the decision of UN to observe the International Refugee Day that coincides with the Africa Refugee Day on 20th June.

UN Refugee Agency:

  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a United Nations programme.
  • It aims to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.


Q. When is the World Refugee Day observed each year?
a. June 18th
b. June 19th
c. June 20th
d. June 21st
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