When is Refugee Week 2021? All your questions answered

Refugee Week 2021 is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the tremendous resilience, creativity and contributions of UK refugees and those who have been displaced.  

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Refugee Week 2021: All your questions answered

When is Refugee Week?

Refugee Week 2021 takes place from the 14th to the 20th of June. Throughout the week there will be lots of events happening all over the UK as well as in other parts of the world to mark the occasion.

What is Refugee Week?

Refugee Week is a UK festival that celebrates the tremendous resilience, creativity and contributions of UK refugees and those who have been displaced.  

There will be many events and activities taking place all over the country, covering everything from sports to the arts, culture and education, involving refugees, celebrities, schools and other organisations. 

The week-long festival culminates in World Refugee Day on Sunday the 20th of June. 

Why do we have Refugee Week?

The series of week-long events is an opportunity to foster wider connections that cross communities and experiences. For at least one week every year, we can hear from those in our communities who often go unheard. 

It’s a chance to find the people beyond the labels, to learn about other experiences. 

As we listen to, watch and experience the voices, stories and artworks of those who have been displaced, we can develop a clearer understanding of why people are displaced and what it’s like to be faced with the challenges of finding safety in a new country. 

What is UNHCR’s theme for Refugee Week 2021?

Together we learn, heal and shine. Together we can achieve anything.  

For World Refugee Day 2021, UNHCR is focusing on the power of inclusion. 

The shared experience of COVID-19 has showed us that we only succeed if we stand together. We have all had to do our part to keep each other safe and despite the challenges, refugees and displaced people have stepped up.  

Given the chance, refugees will continue to contribute to a stronger, safer and more vibrant world. This year, UNHCR and partners call for greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, schools and sport. Only by working together can we recover from the pandemic. 

These are UNHCR’s guiding principles behind World Refugee Day 2021… 

Together we heal: The world can’t overcome COVID-19 if it overlooks refugees, because no one is safe until everyone is safe. We need to ensure that people forced to flee have access to vaccines, care, medicine and psychological support, like everyone else. 

Together we learn: We all benefit when everyone has access to education. We are calling for the creation of scholarships and education opportunities for displaced youth. We also call for greater access to digital education for refugee students. 

Together we shine: Sport is a great way to heal, develop and grow, especially for people fleeing conflict or persecution. We call for greater support to refugee sport programmes. We also encourage all sport fans to support the Refugee Olympic and Paralympic Teams that will compete in the Tokyo games. 

Anyone can get involved with Refugee Week. Why not take part in one of our events?

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