World Refugee Day Marks the Courage of People Displaced Worldwide

Published June 19th, 2021 - 06:58 GMT

World Refugee Day is an international day organised every year on June 20 by the United Nations to show the strength and courage of people who have flown their home land and raise public awareness of the refugees issues and their human rights.

The day was first celebrated on 20 June 2001, to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

According to the UNHCR collected data on the number of refugees across the world until 2021; 82.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced.

The UN Refugee Agency also mentioned that the number of refugees under it hit 20.7 million people; while the Palestinian refugees account for 5.7 million.

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World Refugee Day marked internationally

Immigrants seeking asylum walk towards border patrol after crossing into the U.S. on June 16, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. A surge of mostly Central American immigrants crossing into the United States has challenged U.S. immigration agencies along the U.S. Southern border. Brandon Bell/Getty Images/AFP

World Refugee Day marked internationally

This picture taken on June 12, 2021 shows women walking after receiving food donations in the Mong Paw area in Shan state, as fighting has intensified in the region between the military and various ethnic armed groups in eastern Myanmar since the February military coup. MNWM / AFP

World Refugee Day marked internationally

An Iranian Kurd refugee tends to her plants at the Bahrka refugee camp some ten kilometres west of Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region on June 9, 2021. Stuck in Iraq for decades due to a lack of documents, Kurdish refugees from neighbouring Iran are watching elections this week in the Islamic republic without high hopes for change. One of them, Behzad Mahmoudi, set himself on fire last month in front of a UN office in Arbil, the capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, drawing attention to the plight of the refugees living in Iraqi limbo. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

World Refugee Day marked internationally

People hold up placards at a rally to support a Tamil family of four - including two Australian-born toddlers - held in a detention centre from deportation, in Melbourne on June 12, 2021. William WEST / AFP

World Refugee Day marked internationally

Palestinian Refugees Rafah Camp, in Southern Gaza Strip, on Nov 29, 2019. Shutterstock

World Refugee Day marked internationally

student at school in Syria's Azez. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

World Refugee Day marked internationally

Syria's children at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on 2018-12-15. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

World Refugee Day marked internationally

Members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority walk through a broken road at Kanjir para, at Teknaf in Cox's Bazer, Bangladesh on September 11, 2017. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

World Refugee Day marked internationally

Refugees shout slogans during a demonstration as part of a 24-hour general strike, called from Greece's labour unions to protest against government’s new labour bill, which workers say will erode their rights, in Athens on June 10, 2021. Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP

World Refugee Day marked internationally

Refugees from Algeria wait in front of the regional delegation of the Secretariat for Returnees in Marseilles on May 23, 1962, two months after the signing of the Evian agreements, while the OAS attacks are multiplying throughout the territory of Algeria. After more than seven years of war Algeria proclaimed its independence after the signing of the Evian agreements on March 18, 1962 and their ratification by referendum in France on April 8, 1962 then in Algeria on July 1, 1962. AFP

World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
World Refugee Day marked internationally
Immigrants seeking asylum walk towards border patrol after crossing into the U.S. on June 16, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. A surge of mostly Central American immigrants crossing into the United States has challenged U.S. immigration agencies along the U.S. Southern border. Brandon Bell/Getty Images/AFP
World Refugee Day marked internationally
This picture taken on June 12, 2021 shows women walking after receiving food donations in the Mong Paw area in Shan state, as fighting has intensified in the region between the military and various ethnic armed groups in eastern Myanmar since the February military coup. MNWM / AFP
World Refugee Day marked internationally
An Iranian Kurd refugee tends to her plants at the Bahrka refugee camp some ten kilometres west of Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region on June 9, 2021. Stuck in Iraq for decades due to a lack of documents, Kurdish refugees from neighbouring Iran are watching elections this week in the Islamic republic without high hopes for change. One of them, Behzad Mahmoudi, set himself on fire last month in front of a UN office in Arbil, the capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, drawing attention to the plight of the refugees living in Iraqi limbo. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
World Refugee Day marked internationally
People hold up placards at a rally to support a Tamil family of four - including two Australian-born toddlers - held in a detention centre from deportation, in Melbourne on June 12, 2021. William WEST / AFP
World Refugee Day marked internationally
Palestinian Refugees Rafah Camp, in Southern Gaza Strip, on Nov 29, 2019. Shutterstock
World Refugee Day marked internationally
student at school in Syria's Azez. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
World Refugee Day marked internationally
Syria's children at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on 2018-12-15. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
World Refugee Day marked internationally
Members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority walk through a broken road at Kanjir para, at Teknaf in Cox's Bazer, Bangladesh on September 11, 2017. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
World Refugee Day marked internationally
Refugees shout slogans during a demonstration as part of a 24-hour general strike, called from Greece's labour unions to protest against government’s new labour bill, which workers say will erode their rights, in Athens on June 10, 2021. Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP
World Refugee Day marked internationally
Refugees from Algeria wait in front of the regional delegation of the Secretariat for Returnees in Marseilles on May 23, 1962, two months after the signing of the Evian agreements, while the OAS attacks are multiplying throughout the territory of Algeria. After more than seven years of war Algeria proclaimed its independence after the signing of the Evian agreements on March 18, 1962 and their ratification by referendum in France on April 8, 1962 then in Algeria on July 1, 1962. AFP