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Commemorate World Refugee Day 2010

Commemorate World Refugee Day 2010

Sunday June 20 is World Refugee Day.

The UN Refugee Agency provides the following definitions of refugees:

  • A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their country due to persecution, war or violence.
  • An internally displaced person has been forced to flee their home for the same reasons as a refugee but remains in their country.
  • An asylum seeker is a refugee who has applied for sanctuary in another country, thereby requesting legal protection and material assistance.
  • A stateless person is not a citizen of any country, leaving them without certain political, economic and social rights.

According to Amnesty International, there are an estimated 14.2 million refugees in the world, and 24.5 million internally displaced persons. In 2009, only 250,000 people were able to return home, the lowest number in two decades.

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie recorded a 30-second spot to remind you to commemorate World Refugee Day:

Take Action

Watch a video about the plight of internally displaced persons in Pakistan, and sign the petition to tell President Obama to take into account their humanitarian needs by clicking here.

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11:22PM PDT on Jul 2, 2010

TY 4 info

6:47AM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

Thanks for the info.

7:06PM PDT on Jun 26, 2010


12:28PM PDT on Jun 26, 2010

I sincerely hope that those who continue to refer to illegal aliens in the US as "economic refugees" will read the true definition of "refugee" very carefully. None of these definitions apply to the groups, which have illegally inundated our nation by the millions.

Aside from that, the entire world needs to work together to stop this senseless cycle of violence and displacement of human beings. I have little hope in my lifetime of seeing things change, as long as the sorts of political conditions, which exist in those nations, continue. This should be unacceptable to every breathing person.

4:51AM PDT on Jun 26, 2010

great story thanks.

1:40PM PDT on Jun 24, 2010


6:05PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

I saw the video 3 days ago.Refugees need legal/permanent residence and help.

1:48PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

thanks for the support given

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