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.


Sandi C.
Sandi C4 years ago


Jo Tohara
Past Member 7 years ago


Jo Tohara
Past Member 7 years ago

TY 4 info

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Linda Mills
Linda Mills7 years ago


Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

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.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago

great story thanks.

Sanja Tamarut
Sanja T7 years ago


Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba7 years ago

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

Hugo Godinez
Hugo Godinez7 years ago

thanks for the support given