World Refugee Day: June 20, 2011
What is a Refugee?
Under U.S. law a refugee is an individual who:
- Is located outside of the United States
- Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
Is not firmly resettled in another country
- Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
- Is admissible to the United States
A refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Learn More About Refugees
On World Refugee Day take some time to learn about refugees and share this information with your friends.
- Visit the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Refugee websites for more information
- Test your knowledge with a quiz. Visit Refugeeweek.org (PDF)
- Read a book or watch a film. The International Rescue Committee offers a list of reading and visual education materials
- Learn how famous refugees have contributed to music, film and literature
- Read a blog post about one Refugee Officer's work
UNHCR is a great resource. Visit their website for a list of volunteer opportunities and other ways to help.