World Refugee Day

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June 20 is World Refugee Day, an annual United Nations day that brings attention to the situations facing refugees around the world. This year’s theme reflects refugees’ dilemmas and the difficult decisions they must make to ensure their safety.

According to the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), countries worldwide host over 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people (people who flee their homes but remain within their own countries). Eighty percent of refugees are women and children.

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