World Refugee Day

Every year on June 20, we mark World Refugee Day to highlight the plight of refugees and to raise awareness about special needs of the displaced.
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Romanian national airlines Tarom placed public service announcement released by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie requesting to 'Do 1 thing' on all their flights around the world between 20 June and 20 July 2011. © Tarom

Romanian national airlines Tarom placed public service announcement released by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie requesting to 'Do 1 thing' on all their flights around the world between 20 June and 20 July © Tarom

Drawings showing the response of school children to hearing refugee stories.

Drawings showing the response of school children to hearing refugee stories.

Every minute 8 people around the world are forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. No one chooses to be a refugee. Special Envoy Angelina Jolie`s video message for World Refugee Day 2012. #refugees #UNHCR

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie delivers the message: 'No one chooses to be a refugee'

Portrait of #refugees from #Chechnya who have come to #Poland to find a safe place to live. © J.Herok

Portrait of from who have come to to find a safe place to live.

Guinean musician Sekou Kouyate plays the kora, ancient instrument from West Africa, at the opening evening of the Festival of Migrant film taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 18 and 22 June to mark World Refugee Day. © K. Brezočnik

Guinean musician Sekou Kouyate plays the kora, ancient instrument from West Africa, at the opening evening of the Festival of Migrant film taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 18 and 22 June to mark World Refugee Day.

A group of capoiera dancers in front of a UNHCR tent at World Refugee Day celebrations, downtown Budapest, Hungary.   © UNHCR/Z.Toth/June 2011

A group of capoiera dancers in front of a UNHCR tent at World Refugee Day celebrations, downtown Budapest, Hungary. © UNHCR/Z.

A boy performs during a multicultural festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, organised on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2012. © UNHCR/ B.Kichukov

A boy performs during a multicultural festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, organised on the occasion of World Refugee Day © UNHCR/ B.

Refugees share food from their home countries with visitors of the Refugee Festival on Střelecký island, Prague, at the occasion of the 2011 World Refugee Day. © UNHCR/K. Struhová/June 2011

Refugees share food from their home countries with visitors of the Refugee Festival on Střelecký island, Prague, at the occasion of the 2011 World Refugee Day. © UNHCR/K.

Screening of the UNHCR/Magnum project "60 Years - 60 Lives", produced for the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Agency, during the SlideLuck PotShow event in Bucharest, being held as part of celebrations to mark World Refugee Day in Romania. © UNHCR/C. Liute/June 2011

Screening of the UNHCR/Magnum project "60 Years - 60 Lives", produced for the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Agency, during the SlideLuck PotShow event in Bucharest, being held as part of celebrations to mark World Refugee Day in Romania. © UNHCR/C. Liute/June 2011

A group of young Afghan refugees pose with the 1956 revolutionary Hungarian flag in Budapest, at an alternative history class at the occasion of World Refugee Day.© UNHCR/Z.Toth/June 2011

A group of young Afghan refugees pose with the 1956 revolutionary Hungarian flag in Budapest, at an alternative history class at the occasion of World Refugee Day.© UNHCR/Z.

A refugee who participated in a hiking excursion to the Vitosha Mountain holds a UNHCR flag. © UNHCR/B. Kichukov/June 2011

A refugee who participated in a hiking excursion to the Vitosha Mountain holds a UNHCR flag. © UNHCR/B.

Children visiting RefuFest, a festival offering its visitors a cross-cultural experience with programming that reflects the diverse make up of people living in the Czech Republic, play board games. © UNHCR/K. Machova

Children visiting RefuFest, a festival offering its visitors a cross-cultural experience with programming that reflects the diverse make up of people living in the Czech Republic, play board games. © UNHCR/K.

Replica of the suitcase in which the Iraqi Fadel family carried all their belongings that they could quickly grab as fleeing violence in their homeland. © UNHCR/P. Hajdu

Replica of the suitcase in which the Iraqi Fadel family carried all their belongings that they could quickly grab as fleeing violence in their homeland. UNHCR/P.

Coffee With UNHCR, Media and Refugees - On 20 June 2010 - World Refugee Day, UNHCR office in Bulgaria organized a coffee meeting that was attended by refugees living in Bulgaria, UNHCR representatives and the media. The meeting was held in one of Sofia’s popular cafes, ONDA Coffee Break. © UNHCR/B. Kichukov/2010

Coffee With UNHCR, Media and Refugees - On 20 June 2010 - World Refugee Day, UNHCR office in Bulgaria organized a coffee meeting that was attended by refugees living in Bulgaria, UNHCR representatives and the media. The meeting was held in one of Sofia’s popular cafes, ONDA Coffee Break. © UNHCR/B. Kichukov/2010

Celebration of World Refugee Day 2006 taking place at the Ráday utca in Budapest, Hungary. © UNHCR/M. Várai/2006

Celebration of World Refugee Day 2006 taking place at the Ráday utca in Budapest, Hungary. © UNHCR/M.

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