Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror – these people are refugees.

According to the UN, the world has more displaced people than ever before. There are about 70 million people around the world who have been forced to leave their homes. Nearly half of them are children.

World Refugee Day is a time designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on 20 June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to leave their own countries.

It is also a time for campaigning and supporting the most vulnerable. This year, it is perhaps more important than ever.

In 2020, hundreds of refugee-hosting countries were affected by Covid-19. More than 80% of these were developing nations, struggling to deal with the effects of the pandemic. The millions of refugees living in overcrowded camps, with limited access to water, sanitation and health facilities were particularly at risk.

Read about the conflicts and violence that force millions from their homes in our briefing.

How will you get involved this week?

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Germany welcomes the highest number of refugees of any industrialised nation, hosting over 25.9 million displaced people. This video shows refugees arriving at Munich station.


  1. Design a poster that spreads the word about World Refugee Day.
  2. Imagine you have to leave your home suddenly because of war. Write a diary entry describing how you feel.