World Refugee Day – June 20th, 2016

The United Nations has marked June 20th as World Refugee Day – a day that people can honor the strength, spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide. It is a day to recognize the contributions of refugees in their communities and to raise awareness of their struggles.

Here in Raleigh, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants along  with Lutheran Services is sponsoring a World Refugee fair on Saturday, June 18th .  

Please see the flyer below for details

World Refugee Day - 2016

World Refugee Day – 2016

New Documentary on Refugees to NC

“Welcome to North Carolina”  

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By user “MrTinDC” ( [CC BY 2.0]

There are many reasons why refugees and other immigrants leave their own country and come to the United States.  Some of them are fleeing dangerous situations in their home countries, including violence and political oppression. But they also face many challenges when they arrive in the United States. Many of you have seen or experienced this yourselves.

A local news channel, WRAL in Raleigh, has produced a new documentary film called “Welcome to North Carolina.” The film is just 22 minutes long.  It focuses on an Iraqi couple and their two children, who left Baghdad to come to Raleigh.

You can find the link to this video on our Refugee Matters page. This page includes important resources for refugees in North Carolina and information about specific refugee populations who now call NC their home.

World Refugee Day is June 20

photo by Steve Evans via 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

photo by Steve Evans via 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, there are more than 50 million refugees around the world. Half of them are women and children.  For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on June 20 in several countries. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. ~ adapted from

World Refugee Day will be celebrated in Raleigh and other cities around North Carolina on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  

World Refugee Day, Raleigh  –  with Lutheran Services Carolinas and US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants,  When: June 20th 11am – 2pm; Where: Method Park; What: Soccer Games, Food

For information on other celebrations in NC, see:

This is a story from the UNHCR about three brothers who are on their own after fleeing Afghanistan.  You can read other stories of refugees from around the world at the bottom of this page.