The situation in the world is characterized by instability, wars, uprisings, and natural disasters that force people to leave their homeland. World Refugee Day is necessary to draw attention to the issues of people affected by cataclysms. They lose their home, job, and connections and are forced to start from scratch in an unfamiliar country. Society helps them to adapt, recover, and find prospects.
The United Nations decided to establish this social holiday in 2000. The goal is to find ways to make the lives of displaced persons comfortable and give them the possibility of realizing the aspirations. Refugees face bureaucracy and limited choices. They are not allowed to vote and do not have equal rights with the indigenous people in terms of places of employment. The receiving country undertakes to create better conditions for migrants, providing with them with shelter and necessary medical care.
Businessmen are trying to make a contribution: provide refugees with jobs, stable wages, and helping them to gain independence.
- Refugees need psychological help and support if they survived the death of relatives or friends, came under fire, or were scared at home.
- It is essential to show tolerance to people who behave aggressively, rudely, or withdrawn under stress. They require time to adjust.
- The world becomes united when assistance to refugees is provided voluntarily.
Refugees are guests. It is important to inform them about the documents necessary for their legalization, and registration for state subsidies.
How to take part
Show empathy. Become an activist, offer help to refugees. You can provide overnight accommodation for a family, or a hot lunch. Communicate with people in difficult situations. They require support, legal advice regarding their situation, and local customs and culture. Provide medicines and clothes. Join government programs which support host families financially.
When is World Refugee Day celebrated in 2023?
World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year.