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'

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.

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.

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 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 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

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