Did you know that June 20th is World Refugee Day? Have you ever wondered how you can help refugees?
An unprecedented 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Out of these, 25.4 million are refugees. Since 2001, June 20th has been celebrated as World Refugee Day and commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees. It shows support and raises awareness of global responsibility for refugees. In response to the imminent World Refugee Day 2018, here are some things you can do, to support refugees locally.
- Donations: this includes monetary and non-monetary donations to organisations working with refugees and is the easiest way to help refugees.
See: RAMSI, the Homeless Period
- Get involved with your local refugee solidarity group: if you can have spare time or skills to offer, volunteering is a more direct way of supporting refugees.
See: RAMSI, MASI, Irish Refugee Council
- Speak to the change makers: sign petitions, send your TD a letter, talk to the local church or community centre; let them know that they can do more.
See: Irish Refugee Council, Nasc, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.
- Spread awareness: just as World Refugee Day seeks to raise awareness, you can do so as well. Consider attending refugee solidarity events and organising your own, holding information sessions, encouraging conversation with friends and family or challenging uninformed views.