International World Refugee Day

In the year 2000, June 20 was established as World Refugee Day by the United Nations General Assembly. Since then it has been celebrated each year around the world, including in Australia, as a demonstration of respect to the persevering spirit and courage of the world's refugees.

A refugee is someone who lives outside their country because of fear of punishment or persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and cannot be protected by their home government.

In Australia each year we celebrate Refugee Week, this year it runs from Sunday 19th June to Saturday 25th June. The theme chosen from 2015 to 2017 is "With courage let us all combine".

The aims of Refugee Week are:

  • to educate the Australian public about who refugees are and why they have come to Australia;
  • to help people understand the many challenges refugees face coming to Australia;
  • to celebrate the contribution refugees make to our community;
  • to focus on how the community can provide a safe and welcoming environment for refugees;
  • for community groups and individuals to do something positive for refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people, within Australia but also around the world;
  • for service providers to reflect on whether they are providing the best possible services to refugees.

Western Sydney University would like to encourage you to think about the challenges that refugees face and what contributions you can make to help them so they can live their lives in dignity and without fear. In particular, you are encouraged to assist the refugees settling in Australia with overcoming their initial difficulties and to create a climate of acceptance and inclusion.

For more information on Refugee Week and activities around Australia please visit: