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World Refugee Day

June 20

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World Refugee Day


On the 20th of June every year, World Refugee Day honours refugees around the globe.

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their home country. Refugees flee from terrible events such as natural disasters and war. Sometimes people have to leave because they are persecuted for their religion or race. These people seek help in another country.

The event is organised by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which works with countries around the globe to make sure that refugees are treated with dignity and are able to find safety.

In this video, children ask and answer questions about being a refugee. Watch carefully before sharing with children.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Make a list of things that are important to you. Which would you take if you had to leave quickly?
  • Research the life of someone who was a refugee. You could choose your own or use someone from this list; Singer/songwriter Rita Ora, scientist Albert Einstein, footballer Mario Stanic, writer Judith Kerr or spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
  • Watch this video of the book My Name is not Refugee by Kate Milner.


June 20
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