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World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Join us in honoring the courage and resilience of migrants and refugees around the globe on World Day of Migrants and Refugees!
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Join us in honoring the courage and resilience of migrants and refugees around the globe on World Day of Migrants and Refugees! Held on the last Sunday in September, this poignant day has been observed since 1914 when it was instituted by Pope Pius X as a direct response to the growing number of migrants in Europe leaving their homelands seeking refuge and better living conditions. Over a century later, the relevance of this day is more profound than ever, as it shines a much-needed spotlight on our collective responsibility towards our brothers and sisters displaced from their homes. So mark your calendars and let's stand in solidarity with these brave souls on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees!

History of World Day of Migrants and Refugees

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1914</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pope Pius X instituted the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to address the growing number of migrants in Europe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1939-1945</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World War II Displacement</div><div class='timeline-text'>World War II led to unprecedented displacement, highlighting the importance of assistance and respect for migrants and refugees.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1951</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Geneva Convention</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Geneva Convention related to the Status of Refugees provided the first legal protection for refugees on a global level.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s and 1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increasing Global Conflicts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Civil wars and political unrest in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans led to a significant rise in the number of refugees worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Refugee Crisis</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Syrian civil war and other conflicts sparked a refugee crisis, the most severe since World War II, underscoring the relevance of this day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Day of Migrants and Refugees

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Attend a cultural event</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many communities host cultural events that highlight the contributions of migrants and refugees. Attending these events is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of their unique experiences and cultures.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to a relevant charity</h3><p class='facts-text'>There are numerous charities dedicated to assisting refugees and migrants, providing aid like food, medical care, and housing. Consider making a donation in honor of this special day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Volunteer your time</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many non-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers to help with their missions. Find out how you can lend a hand and contribute directly to the cause.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Read and share stories</h3><p class='facts-text'>Educating oneself and others is a powerful tool for creating empathy and understanding. Read accounts of migrants and refugees, then share these stories with friends, family, or on social media.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a cultural exchange dinner</h3><p class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family to celebrate with a potluck-style dinner, where every dish is from a different culture or country. It's a delicious way to open discussions about migration, displacement, and the beauty of different cultures.</p></div></div>

Why World Day of Migrants and Refugees is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Creating awareness and understanding</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Day of Migrants and Refugees is a global observance that creates a platform for dialogue, increased understanding, and empathy towards migrants and refugees. This unique day shines a light on the strength, courage, and tenacity of these individuals, highlighting their unique stories and experiences.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promoting humanitarian action</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>This special day encourages and promotes action, such as donations and volunteering. By contributing to charities dedicated to assisting migrants and refugees, you are directly impacting the quality of life and well-being of these resilient individuals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrating cultural diversity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The World Day of Migrants and Refugees allows us to celebrate the beautiful array of cultures, traditions, and customs that exists in our world. Observing this day provides an opportunity to understand the transformative role of cultural exchanges in fostering acceptance and unity among communities.</p></div></div>

5 Hard-Hitting Facts About Migrants and Refugees

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Migrants and Refugees Contribute Significantly to Global Economy </h3><p class='facts-content'>Not only do migrant and refugee workers contribute to the labor force, but they also enhance the economy by creating businesses and stimulating economic growth and development.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Almost 80 Million People Are Displaced Globally</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as of 2020, nearly 80 million people globally were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Majority of Refugees are Hosted by Developing Countries</h3><p class='facts-content'>Contrary to popular belief, the majority of refugees are not hosted by wealthy countries but rather by developing and low-income countries nearest to their home countries.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Children Make up Half of All Refugees</h3><p class='facts-content'>UNICEF states that children constitute about half of the refugee population, many of whom are separated from their parents or travel alone.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Climate Change Is a Growing Factor in Displacement</h3><p class='facts-content'>The effects of climate change, including drought, flooding, and other environmental disasters, are increasingly factors in displacements and will likely continue to exacerbate refugee crises worldwide.</p></div></div>

World Day of Migrants and Refugees FAQs

World Day of Migrants and Refugees Dates

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2023

Sep 24

Sunday

2024

Sep 29

Sunday

2025

Sep 28

Sunday

2026

Sep 27

Sunday

2027

Sep 26

Sunday

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