The United Nations Refugee Agency announced Monday, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day, that the number of displaced people and refugees who have fled their war-torn countries has reached a record 65.3 million in 2015.
In times when the social and civil situation in several countries is difficult and attacks are occurring more often than ever before, celebrating the international day of refugees becomes a duty.
The remembrance aims not only to pay homage to the people who were forced to leave their countries with few or no belongings, but to encourage the governments of the host countries to take the best measures.
Finding the best solutions is crucial for people who arrive, for the state who has to manage the situation and for citizens who meet a new reality.
Reactions such as discrimination against refugees are not rare in host countries. Such feelings are due to a lack of knowledge and a wrong perception about the state refugees are living in. Not everyone can understand the challenges and troubles refugees have to face leaving their country, relatives, society and former life.
On Dec. 4, 2000, the U.N. General Assembly decided that June 20 of each year would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In the same resolution, the assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and agreed with the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to have the World Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day.
Currently, over 60 million people around the world are displaced from their homes, having been forced to flee from war, persecution and disaster. A very small part of them, or rather the few luckiest, are given the chance to resettle in a third country.
Considering that a lot of work still needs to be done, the international community and non-governmental organizations and agencies are providing refugees with aid and protection, such as tents, shelters, medical supplies and food.
One of the main goals of celebrating this event is increasing public awareness. Following is a video of an interview with a refugee speaking about his situation.
Many world entities, beside the U.N., show their support to refugees on their day and announce several campaigns to spread the message and serve the goal. Find the European Union’s official video on the occasion below.