World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is held on 20th June every year. On this day, the international community comes together to recognize and honour those who are forced to flee their homes out of fear of persecution, or to escape conflict or violence. We celebrate the strength, courage and resilience of the millions of refugees in their arduous and often perilous journeys to safe refuge.

Why is World Refugee Day important ?

World Refugee Day shines the light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees. It is a day to recognise their struggles and an opportunity to mobilize governments to acknowledge the rights of the refugees.

In Malaysia, especially, it is time to eliminate the xenophobia surrounding refugees, no less brought about by certain government actions and policies.

There is an urgent need to create awareness on the plight of refugees in Malaysia, understand their story and why they had to leave their home country; and focus on how refugee communities in Malaysia can make a positive contribution to society.

2020 Theme : Every Action Counts

UNHCR’s 2020 campaign emphasizes the need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world, where no one is left behind.

"Everyone can make a difference. Every action counts. "

In light of the current situation, both globally and domestically, it is more than appropriate that we come together, to connect with each other, and renew our actions to advocate for equality and inclusivity.

This year, we aim to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society and Every Action Counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world. –

Events are organised all around the world to commemorate this day. This year, its moved online.

Check this page for what’s happening near you

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