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2023 Refugee Week: 25th Anniversary Highlights

This year people around the world celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Refugee Week.

Please enjoy a sampling of support and creative endeavours from around the world for Refugee Week 2023.

Land Art, Halifax, England

A 60m piece of land art to celebrate the theme of compassion.

The artwork depicts Sobeda, a refugee from Bangladesh and Lucy, a local befriender who have built a friendship over the last year. It was completed by refugees, asylum seekers. Local community groups and schools who joined in to paint a giant flock of birds symbolising freedom, migration and compassion.

Darwin High School, Darwin, Australia

DHS SIEU students, Ibrahim Rashidi and Kevin Ngoyi entered a film in Melaleuca Australia’s short film competition as part of Refugee Week. The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is ‘Finding Freedom’. Ibrahim and Kevin placed third in the competition

What is a Refugee? (Segment: O to 1.35 minutes in) - Behind the News, Australia

Fatima and Fariba are good friends who now call South Australia home. But they haven't always lived here, they came to Australia as refugees.

Education is ....

In recognition of #WorldRefugeeDay, the Duolingo x UNHCR access scholars discuss what education means to them. Duolingo and UNHCR have created a one-of-its-kind partnership to improve pathways to higher education for refugee students, providing one-on-one guidance and assistance with the university and financial aid application processes.

3 Refugee Stories, Sydney, Australia

Meet Abang, Simon and Khatereh. A City of Sydney welcome video

Refugees are Changemakers, Internationa Rescue Committee

The influence of refugees on culture is immeasurable. Wherever they come from, wherever they live, refugees are shaping policies, art, traditions, cuisine, dreams and futures in ordinary—and extraordinary—ways.

Cooking Festival returns to Athens for World Refugee Day 2023

Greek and refugee chefs will team up in four restaurants to serve favourite dishes and fusion proposals inspired by Syrian, Afghan, Ukrainian and Cameroonian cuisine.

Mayor Peter Castaldo - Banyule, Victoria, Australia - A Welcome Zone

Banyule Mayor Peter Castaldo acknowledges Refugee Week (18-24 June) and the positive contributions that refugees make to our community.

UNHCR Innovation,

Refugees around the world are bringing their communities hope away from home

A Somalian FaceSoul performance for Refugee Week Festival, UK

London-based Somali artist FaceSoul joined brings his smooth, soulful and spellbinding voice and music in two moving acapella performances.

Samaritas Refugee Art Show, Michigan, USA

Art appreciation is one of the enrichment activities for Samaritas refugee foster youth, unaccompanied refugee minors, and other unaccompanied children in their care. The talent displayed at the Youth Art Show exemplifies the creativity, vibrancy, and energy of the young people we nurture who have fled their homelands. Art is an outlet to express themselves.

Refugee Stories, Wantirna, Victoria, Australia

The stories of Bogan (Bob), Mohsen and Lun, who have all been welcomed to Knox as refugees.

Core Response

CORE responds immediately to support communities in and beyond crisis. The number of people fleeing war, political unrest, and environmental disaster is unmatched in history

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