Saturday marks the 15th World Refugee Day. In December 2000, the United Nations passed Resolution 55/76, which dedicated this day as a commemoration for refugees across the world.
World Refugee Day not only spreads awareness of the estimated 60 million refugees across the globe but also praises the resilience of these ordinary people living through extraordinary times.
Forced to leave their homes, refugees embark on a journey that challenges them to overcome much adversity. But, for those able to come to the United States, communities welcome these newcomers and celebrate their many contributions.
Many of our partners support refugees on their transitions to new lives, assisting them in the process of becoming green card holders and eventual U.S. citizens.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), a national New Americans Campaign partner, is one organization that resettles and supports refugees in various capacities. Through its Immigration and Citizenship Services, IRC offers low-cost immigration legal services and citizenship assistance, including civics classes and naturalization application help.
The IRC is recognizing World Refugee Day all month long with events across the country. Click here to learn more about these events and find one in your neighborhood.
You can also join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in celebrating this day through its “Get to Know a Refugee” campaign.