World Refugee Day

In 2000 the United Nations General Assembly established June 20 as World Refugee Day. Since 2001, people all over the world have celebrated World Refugee Day with events that honor the world’s more than 15 million refugees and raise awareness about their continued plight. Events to honor World Refugee Day are held worldwide, from Australia to refugee camps in Kenya. To learn more about World Refugee Day and the refugee story, click here.

Here in Wisconsin we organize a variety of activities throughout the state in the month of June to recognize the more than 75,000 refugees living across our state and to celebrate the diversity of culture and experiences they bring to our communities. Every week in June, there will be at least one event, and all events are free and open to the public. We invite you to come and learn more about the refugee resettlement process, support local agencies that serve refugees, and enjoy the rich culture of our refugee communities.

(Photos courtesy of Dave Lauersdorf)


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