World Refugee Day 2022: ‘Whoever, Wherever, Whenever – Everyone has the right to safety’

By Alana Mauger

The American Red Cross joins communities and organizations around the globe to commemorate World Refugee Day on June 20th, an international day designated by the United Nations to celebrate the strength and courage of people who make the difficult decision to flee their home countries to escape conflict or persecution.

The core message of this year’s campaign states that every person has the right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee.

  • Whoever – Seeking safety is a human right. People forced to flee should be treated with dignity. Anyone can seek protection, regardless of who they are or what they believe.
  • Wherever – Refugees come from all over the globe. The right to seek safety is universal. Wherever they come from, people forced to flee should be welcomed.
  • Whenever – Whenever people are forced to flee, they have a right to be protected.

According to UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency, 89.3 million people worldwide, 41% of whom are children, were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events disturbing public order in 2021.

As part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross partners with Red Cross and Red Crescent teams to provide aid and hope to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in accordance with our seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Check out the links below to learn more about our work.

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