Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a worldwide event that takes place every year around the UN’s World Refugee Day on June 20.

It’s an opportunity for people around the world to come together to experience the rich diversity of refugee communities through theater, music, dance, film and other events – and to celebrate the positive contributions refugees make to our society and show support for families forced to flee.

What it's all about

World Refugee Week takes place between June 17-23 this year. In the USA it’s a nationwide program of arts, cultural and other events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to our society, and encourages better understanding between communities.

The main focus of World Refugee Week is to educate people about refugees, what brought them here and the challenges they’ve faced. By hearing their stories, we can appreciate who they are and think about how we can work together to make our communities safer and more welcoming for them.

Since its inception, the Ration Challenge has always been held in World Refugee Week.

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The theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who have welcomed them – throughout the generations.

People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the USA for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. From the Jewish refugees of the 1930s to people fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s, Kosovans in the 1990s to those arriving today; they are part of who we all are.

Refugee Week gives us an opportunity to do something positive. That’s why we think it’s a great time to do the Ration Challenge! Once again this year, the Ration Challenge community will be working together to change hearts and minds at home, and raise vital funds to support refugees and other vulnerable communities overseas.

Why not join us today?

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Refugee Council USA  Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), a coalition of 24 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

Hidden Tribes of America: The Hidden Tribes of America project explores questions about many of today’s most important issues and the hopes, fears and concerns of Americans for the future. It aims to understand people’s core beliefs about the world and the basic values and beliefs that influence the way people see the world.

Greater as 1 #GreaterAs1 is a global homebase for refugee solidarity—a campaign run by CWS to unite the global community in our support of refugees. With more than 66 million people now displaced from their homes—more than ever—there’s only one right of history for us to stand on.

We are all America We Are All America works to uphold and strengthen our nation’s commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety and refuge in the United States. They organize people across religious and cultural differences to build inclusive communities where we all belong.