World Refugee Day

7 Facts You Need To Know For World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day commemorates the obstacles refugees face each year, while also celebrating their courage and strength. Since 2001, the United Nations and more than 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day annually on June 20th.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has started the #WithRefugees petition to send a message of action, solidarity, and responsibility on behalf of refugees to governments worldwide.

Together, we can work to end the refugee crisis and find homes for displaced peoples worldwide. Here are seven facts to help you better understand the current refugee crisis, and how you can help:

According to the UNHCR, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people around the world. 

More than 21 million of these people are refugees and 10 million are stateless. 

On average, 42,500 people per day flee their homes to seek protection within the borders of their own country or other countries.

In the last year alone, there have been 13.9 million people newly displaced.

The civil war in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our lifetime.

More than 11 million Syrians are currently displaced. This amounts to 45% of the Syrian population.

86% of the world's refugees are hosted by developing countries.

This number has jumped by 16% in the last decade. Refugees only account for a tiny percentage of overall immigration.

The world’s largest refugee camp is located in Dadaab, Kenya, which is home to more than 329,000 people.

The Dadaab refugee camp was been threatened with closures due to potential security risks.

Of the 20 million refugees worldwide, 51% are under the age of 18.

This is the highest number of child refugees since World War II. 

The first-ever Refugee Team competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

The team was comprised of athletes from Ethiopia, South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria.

How You Can Help

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  2. Choose a project that speaks to you from the list below. GlobalGiving has a number of partners working on the ground to provide support in various ways—from empowering refugees by sharing to stories to ensuring access to food for families—and you can support any one of them today.


Projects working to assist refugees around the world


Peace for Syrian Refugee Children
To reduce stress, depression, anxiety and sleeping problems among violence and war affected children in Jordan and Lebanon, IAHV conducted till now 65 Stress Relief and Resilience (SRR) workshops for 2,500 children aged 7-16 . To ensure they are receiving the right care and have a supportive environment, 8 Trainings in Personal Resilience, Stress Management & Professional Care were conducted for 150 social and youth workers, as well as 4 trainings for around 100 parents.
Meals for All
The project aims to support the Lebanese and Syrian families residing in the Damour area. Twice a week our local representative "Oui pour la vie" provides them balanced meals from a nutritional point of view . Thanks to this initiative, children and their parents have the chance to enjoy a full meal. The repast consists of vegetables, rice, a main course of meat or fish and fruit. Besides this service, our operators try to help families in their daily basic needs, such as shelter,medicines etc
Promoting Human Rights of Refugees in Europe
A major humanitarian crisis and child protection failure are unfolding across Europe. In 2015, more than one million refugees and displaced people arrived in Europe - most fleeing conflict, persecution or poverty. While aid agencies and grassroots groups have stepped in to provide crucial short-term aid, the absence of human rights centred political action means that a long-term resolution to the situation seems a distant possibility. We aim to change that.
Empower 50 Refugee Women in Jordan through Art
The Advocacy Project (AP) is seeking $10,000 to invest in talented Syrian and Iraqi women who have sought refuge in Jordan. The funds will enable the women to add an embroidery group to their collective (The Hope Workshop). Working with our Jordanian partner, the Collateral Repair Project, we will deploy Peace Fellows to help the ladies of Hope produce embroidery in Jordan and find a market in the US. The artists made a great start in 2016 by telling their stories through two spectacular quilts.
Syrian Refugees Relief Fund By CHCS pakistan
Customs Health Care Society, Pakistan(CHCS) has started a relief fund to help the Syrian Refugees living in Turkey.In 2016, the United Nations (UN) identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, of which more than 6 million are internally displaced within Syria, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside of Syria. In January 2017, UNHCR counted 4,863,684 registered refugees. Turkey is the largest host country of registered refugees with over 2.7 million Syrian refugee
Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography
This healing PhotoTherapy project , offers the Syrian Refugee children the opportunity to freely express their feelings and thoughts, deal with their psychological traumas, socialize by participating in group activities, develop their skills and receive the psychological support they need. Furthermore the children's photos will travel around the world, highlighting the real refugee problem through the eyes of children, raising worldwide awareness and sensitizing the public opinion.
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
The Syrian conflict began almost 7 years ago. Jordan has received over 600,000, Lebanon more than 1 million. GHNI staff in both countries are working to offer dignity to families seeking safety. Providing immediate shelter, food and water, as well as hygiene items often launches healing for those who have seen such horrific actions and experienced unspeakable trauma. Our staff are trained to provide a helping hand while refugees work to rebuild in a new country, finding ways to make a home.
Washable Feminine Hygiene for Syrian Refugees
Days for Girls Lebanon is bringing Days for Girls washable menstrual hygiene kits to Syrian women and girls.
Provide Relief for Syrian Refugees
Over 4 million Syrians have fled the civil war in their country for the relative safety of neighboring countries. The flow of refugees into camps and host communities continues to swell - far beyond initial expectations - and strain limited resources in the region. Mercy Corps is helping refugees and community members in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and within Syria by providing essentials like clothing and blankets, digging wells and building safe places for children to play and be kids.
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Over 650,000 refugees from Middle East, mainly from Syria, have entered Serbia over the last 18 months and are still coming in hundreds on daily basis. Amongst them are more than 200,000 children and over 5,000 of them are unaccompanied ones. We are trying to help them stay physically and mentally healthy. Alongside humanitarian aid, we are also trying to develop an online Q&A list for their protection, information and education on how and where they can seek medical, legal and social help.
Advance Relief Efforts for Refugees in Greece
Lighthouse Relief was formed on the Greek island of Lesvos in September 2015, as thousands of refugees were arriving every day. We mobilised quickly to provide structured emergency response to the area, and - when it became apparent that people were stranded for longer periods in mainland Greece - expanded to support vulnerable groups like women, children and youth. Two years later, we remain committed to advancing a dignified and empowering humanitarian response for as long as it's needed.
Emergency Aid for Children Fleeing Syria
The Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) will provide emergency aid for thousands of children and women fleeing the terrible violence in Syria. Dozens of children arrive each day to already overcrowded and impoverished Palestinian Refugee Camps or informal encampments in Lebanon. Most arrive with no belongings. Some are accompanied by their mothers or elderly relatives; others arrive alone or with other children. They need everything from soap to blankets to medicine.
Feed & Empower Over 5000 Refugees in Greece
The Food Project delivers fresh fruit, vegetables & dry food to over 5000 refugees stranded in Greece. Through operating in 17 refugee sites and partnering with 15 organisations, each family receives two food packs a week. The project gives malnourished children access to the vital nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. It allows families to cook for themselves, empowering individuals and upholding dignity. A project that aims to enhance the health and well-being of those fleeing war.
Share Hope with Refugees at Camp Oinofyta Greece
Thousands of Syrian refugees have traveled to Greece fleeing a civil war that has raged since 2011 and displaced millions. Through a new agreement, the EU has closed the borders from Greece into the rest of Europe in hopes of better managing the crisis. The local Greek government is stretched thin, so it is imperative that volunteer organizations like Do Your Part receive funding to help support the refugees and ease the burden on the Greek people while refugee asylum applications are processed.
Support Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan
The high number of Syrian refugees now living in Jordan has overwhelmed the country's healthcare system, which struggles to adjust to increased patient loads and shortages of medicines and vaccines. International Medical Corps is providing primary healthcare, secondary care and mental health support to Syrian refugees living in Jordan's camps, urban settings and rural areas. In the Azraq Refugee Camp, the largest camp in Zarqa Governorate, our health teams operate three clinics and a hospital.
Help Strengthen the Resilience of Syrian Refugees
Now in its fifth year, the Syrian civil war has sparked one of the greatest population exoduses in modern history, with more than four million Syrians fleeing to neighboring countries, and 7 million displaced internally within Syria. Since July 2013, Concern Worldwide has worked with displaced persons inside Syria and with refugees and vulnerable host families in Lebanon and Turkey to meet basic needs, improve access to health care, and provide psycho-social support.
Emergency Relief for Refugee Families in Greece
There is a refugee crisis at Europe's door. The reason we talk about a "crisis" is not because of the number of refugees but because of the incapacity of Europe to deal with the problem in an organized and predictable way. There is a need for all European countries to cooperate with solidarity in order to confront this problem with cooperation and goodwill. The Greek islands receive 2.500 refugees every day. Source: The Greek Police Site and the UNHCR
Holistic Support for Refugees Arriving in Greece
by IsraAID
The "Holistic Support for Refugees Arriving to Greece" project will provide emergency aid and psychosocial support to refugees in Greece which has been the first point of entry into Europe for refugees making the treacherous journey in hope of finding asylum and refuge. Greece's resources have been overstretched, bearing the brunt of the recent mass influx of refugees for over 1.5 years.
Why We Speak: Help Spread Syrian Stories
Our longstanding focus on refugee rights will be highlighted when Lost In Lebanon, a feature documentary featuring Syrians in exile in Lebanon, is released. Lost in Lebanon is not the story of the war in Syria, nor is it an account of those who have made the journey to Europe; it is the next chapter. What is happening to the 12 million who have been displaced but have absolutely nowhere to go. What are their hopes, their fears, their future?
Get Information to Migrants and Refugees in Italy
Internews' launch of Yalla Yalla web radio in Ventimiglia, Italy will provide a new and vital source of information and psycho-social support to refugees and migrants, especially children traveling alone. Yalla Yalla will broadcast daily in the town, offering information in multiple languages that will allow refugees and migrants to make informed decisions about how to keep themselves safe, find shelter and services, reunite with family, and understand their legal rights.
Syrian Refugee Crisis
More than 12 million people have been impacted by the 5-year war, and nearly 4 million have fled to neighboring countries of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, where World Vision is providing aid. Thousands more families are mired in a difficult journey to Europe, and are stranded in transit on their way to welcoming European Union countries. We providing help to families traveling along what is called the Balkan Byway, with a focus on Serbia.
UNFPA: Clean Delivery Kits in Emergency Situations
For as little as $15 you can help UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, get 3 emergency clean birthing kits, including a bar of soap, clear plastic sheet, razor blade, an umbilical cord tie, cloth and latex gloves into the hands of pregnant mothers and health care workers as they safely deliver babies in crisis situations.
Rise Now for the Syrian Refugee Children
Today, more around 2.5 million Syrian Refugees are living in Turkey. Around 50% of this population is children. Bridge to Turkey Fund's project will help refugee children to achieve developmental progress and will provide continuity in their education. Our project will raise funds to provide the Syrian Refugee Kids with backpacks and education kits; to sponsor their language education & social development; to build libraries for Syrian schools; and to empower these children's mothers.
Help Refugees at Risk in the U.S.
President Trump has signed an executive order that jeopardizes the protection and services historically afforded to refugees in the United States. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has launched an emergency appeal to aid families in the U.S. who have fled war or persecution-mostly women and children. Help the IRC deliver critical assistance, including: education, livelihoods training, youth programs, and citizenship assistance to refugees and other vulnerable immigrant populations.
Assisting Syrians on the Move
COHI supports one of the remaining hospital networks operating in the Aleppo and Idlib region left to care for the citizens in the cities and surrounding rural areas, which has been a theater of war. Due to frequent hospital bombings, there are incredibly limited resources for mothers and infants to receive healthcare, and general supplies are low. COHI and partner organization Human Appeal are committed to delivering much needed supplies, resources and support to the last health care center.
Child Refugee Crisis
The world is witnessing a rapid escalation in the number of people forced to flee from conflict, wars and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, moving toward countries of transit, such as Greece, Italy, Serbia, Lebanon and Egypt, seeking safety and relief of suffering in countries like Germany and other open, border European nations. Save the Children has allocated funding from our Children's Emergency Fund to respond to this crisis.
Support Refugee Babies
Over 3.2 million Syrian Refugees, displaced by the war, currently reside in Turkey. Every 2 people out this number, is under 6-years-old. Given all the challenges of trying to survive through the crisis, refugees' biggest support today is being able to live with their families. The newborns keep their hopes alive...
Education Versus Lost Generation!
Today, Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world with nearly 4 million refugees coming from over 60 nations. Having a sustainable life in Turkey is the part that you can take action by supporting education not only by encouraging over 1 million refugee children to get enrolled in schools but also continue their education at university. Fight against "lost generation", child labor and marriage and be part of the resilience and empower youth to build their countries' future!
Ilyas, Marvan and 7-months-old Halil are just 3 of all the children who fled from their homes with their families due to the conflict in Syria and the surrounding region. Ilyas (9) and Marvan (7) arrived to Turkey with minimal supplies and clothing. Putting their childhood aside, they now have to take care of themselves as well as their brother. Currently, Turkey hosts the most amount of refugees in the world: 2.2 million Syrian and 2800 Yazidis. THIS FUND WILL PREPARE THE REFUGEES FOR WINTER.
Give Food Vouchers to 400 Syrian Refugee Families
Focus of DKH in the countries of Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey is the supply of refugee families, especially outside the camps, and support for host families and communities. Especially now, as winter sets in, people urgently need accommodation, clothing, blankets, stoves, and coal and food.
Save mothers and children in the Mediterranean Sea
Since 2013 the Foundation's medical teams have worked on board of the Italian Navy's ships to save and rescue migrants adrift in the Sicily Channel, providing first aid to 70,000 people and focusing on mother and child emergency healthcare: to date the Foundation's pediatricians, gynecologists and midwives assisted 10,000 women, 9,000 children, 500 pregnant women, several of them during labor and delivery. An estimated 2,000 women and 1,500 children will need help in the next months.
F4L: Syria - Restore hope and dignity to Children
Football has to power to unite more than anything else in the world. More significantly, it has the power to restore childhood to children who have lost everything. The F4L programme will am to secure funds to launch a F4L Syria programme and support the child-survivors through play and normalcy. The F4L virtual stadium is a call for all football fans to help us launch our Syria Programme and bring some sense of hope and future to children.
Syrian Refugee Crisis: CARE at the front lines
More than three years after the start of the Syrian war, the humanitarian plight of more than 6 million people displaced inside Syria and the 2.5 million refugees scattered in the region and throughout Europe is growing more dismal by the day and is currently considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. CARE reaches Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Yemen, and those displaced inside Syria with food, hygiene items, and emergency cash assistance. Learn more at
Jordan - Syria Refugee Relief fund
The appalling attack on April 4 on civilians in Idlib shows the ongoing horror for people inside Syria and lays bare the mirage of the nominal 'ceasefire'. People in Syria need more than the words of concern and condemnation which we heard today. The long line of atrocities against civilians in Syria must be brought to an end. The attack is an urgent wake-up call that shows why talk of returning refugees to Syria is at best premature, and in fact outright dangerous.
Relief Assistance for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
The Syrian civil war has been caused by the vast number of Syrian refugees in Jordan is more than 655,400. About 80,000 of them are living in the Za'atari Refugee Camp where the largest in Jordan is. The camp is nicknamed "Children's Camp", it is characterised by the large number of under-17 are 44,000. JEN's project has been moving into the long term empowerment for the people fled from Syria to Jordan.
Paint murals with 300 Syrian Refugee children
Syrian refugee youth have experienced the trauma of war and displacement from their communities and now face an uncertain future in a desert refugee camp with limited opportunities or hope for the future. Through collaborative, participatory public art- making, our initiative will promote healing, resilience and a transformational experience in which Syrian artists and children will become agents of social change in their communities by creating 3 percussive sculptures and 15 murals.
Help Syrian Refugees to Help Themselves
With over four million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries and continued cuts in humanitarian aid, NEF is helping refugee women and adolescent girls in Lebanon and Jordan achieve self-reliance through urban agriculture, skills training to improve economic opportunity, financial literacy, group savings, conflict management, and social networking.
The Tafel Refugee Integration Project Fund
The number of people, especially refugees, seeking help at the Tafel has sharply increased. Local Tafel initiatives have a variety of ways to address the challenges like language barriers, food and volunteer shortages or increased conflict potential, and this fund offers financial support for the best concepts.
Help for Refugees
In order to help the millions of people who have been displaced due to armed conflict, persecution, or other dangers, the member organizations of Aktion Deutschland Hilft are implementing numerous projects for refugees worldwide. These projects covers areas such as the provision of emergency shelters, psycho-social support for traumatized children, distribution of food and hygiene articles, assistance for unaccompanied refugee minors, and medical care.
Give solar powered electricity to refugee families
Electricity is an essential need for everybody. Imagine living in a tent in a refugee camp where you don't have it. Kids are not able to read and learn at night, women do not feel safe to go to the bathroom in the dark, and people are unable to contact their families using charged mobile devices. We are changing this on Kara Tepe camp in Lesvos, Greece! We are installing solar panels and contributing to the environment by using renewable energy. Fitting our innovative Camp to Campus philosophy.
Syrian Women Empowerment Program
Syrian refugees are facing longer and more uncertain time periods in camps. In Kara Tepe, a refugee camp for the 1200 most vulnerable cases, we are empowering Syrian women by providing them with weekly, capacity building activities with nutrition, inspiration, consistency, culture sharing, and a stress relief from the difficult period in their lives. We believe that by empowering women, we are also helping their families, kids, increasing livelihood and strengthening the community.
Help Create Smiles for Refugees
Health-Point Foundation helps Alleviate Pain for thousands of Refugees in Camps in Thessaloniki Greece. As a volunteer-led, grassroots, non-profit organisation we rely heavily on kind donations to keep our project running. Funds go towards purchasing essential dental equipment to carry out the dental work, medication and supporting long-term ground coordinators.
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Insan Association will provide Access to Education at Insan School, as well as Psycho-Social support for the most marginalized children in Lebanon. Children of refugees from Iraq and Syria, children of migrants, as well as vulnerable Lebanese children, have no access to schooling due to poverty and discrimination. Accordingly, Insan aims to help these children to fully live out their childhoods, and continue to play, learn, discover, and laugh, despite the hardships they face
Help Young Syrians Affected By War
You can support Syrian children to cope with the effects of war, to build their resilience so they might prosper despite their experiences. International Alert provides safe spaces where children can engage in arts and play based therapies, build relationships with their peers, and enjoy the simple joys of childhood.
Free Education Library for Syrians
More than 65 million people, half of whom are children, have been forcibly uprooted from their homes by war and persecution worldwide. This is considered the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. The Free Education Library for Syrians (FELS) tackles the challenge of the millions of young Syrians who face the real possibility of being among a lost generation by providing access to meaningful quality learning.
Giving citizens a say in development
We believe people affected by aid should have a say in how it happens. Too often development and humanitarian organizations concentrate on reporting to donors rather than really engaging with, and listening to, the people they are supposed to serve. We help these organizations harness feedback from the people they seek to help, and use this data to improve their performance leading to better outcomes for all.
Help Syrian Refugee Children Stay in School
The project is to support the education of Syrian refugee children living in Turkey by allowing them to attend school taught in their native language. Bunat Al Mustakbel in Antakya Turkey is a small private school of around more than 1,000 students and 46 teachers. The school has a standard curriculum for an international school geared for primary and secondary students. Given the desperate situation the student body lives with, the school plays an irreplaceable roll in their lives.
Native-Language Medical Advice for Syrian Refugees
Over 4,000,000 persons are now in squalid refugee camps and 800,000 more have moved into a Europe which is increasingly reluctant and incapable of handling their medical and psychological needs. IMCRA offers a unique and effective solution by providing free access to the world's greatest concentration of Arabic and Urdu-speaking specialists in medicine, psychology and the psychosocial sciences outside of the Middle East.
Empowering Syrian Girls
Our project is aimed for empowerment of Syrian adolescent girls at ages 12-18 years, to build up knowledge and skills for self-protection from violence, sexual abuse, early marriage and early sexuality and awareness about their bodies, women rights and health rights. The project will reach 40 Syrian adolescent girls by providing 6 interactive workshops addressing the young girls on empowerment by 5 Syrian women who will get ToT by Mavi Kalem trainers.
Yummy food opens hearts and integrates refugees
Donors will help to fund a great project of integrating refugees in different ways. On a social base by cooking with new friends and connecting with others, and in a local community by presenting themselves and their work at big events.
Language Course & Recreational Events for Refugees
Together with you, we support organizations and initiatives in the recording, management and integration of refugees .
Daily Needs: 900 Refugees at Ritsona Camp - Greece
Currently, 55,000 refugees are stuck in Greece. Among other improvised camps, Ritsona recently opened. The military is providing tents & 3 meals a day, but no proper housing or sanitary facilities exist. The most urgent measures are, cleaning the camp & creating a laundry room & educational programs. We offered volunteers & resources, while co-creating with camp residents. We are talking to refugees to see what skills they have. One of their ideas, was to start cultivating a vegetable garden.
EDUCATE A CHILD - Primary Education for Refugees
Almost half of the 57 million out-of-school children are affected by conflict. In 2012, UNHCR entered a partnership with the Educate A Child (EAC) Programme of the Education Above All (EAA) Fundation, to plan activities across 12 countries where there are high numbers of refugee children out of school. Since then, UNHCR has already ensured primary education for 1,000,000 children around the world who were out of school. Following this huge success, last phase is going for 1.2 million children.
Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon
Women and girls displaced by armed conflict suffer most from not having suitable accommodation or access to a bathroom and fresh water. Many live in shared shelters or abandoned buildings without a change of clothing or the means to attend to their hygiene needs. A lack of sanitary pads and clean underwear prevents women and girls from going out and can also cause infections and skin disease. The project will provide clothing and a supply of sanitary pads to restore dignity and well-being.
Warm Touch (Lamset Dafa)
Campaign's immediate goals (KPI's): - collecting minimum 120 tons of clothes and blankets. - Securing minimum 100,000 liters of heating fuel Campaign long term goals: - Affirming youth involvement and their ability to work together. - Showing solidarity with people inside Syria. - Networking and Connecting people together.
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