World Refugee Day

Each year on 20 June, the world celebrates World Refugee Day, the international day to honour the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home, to escape conflict or persecution. Switzerland for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Hospice général, the state authority responsible for hosting refugees and asylum-seekers in the Canton of Geneva have gotten together to underline the World Refugee Day theme of hope away from home: a world where refugees are always included. Today, over 110 million people are forcibly displaced throughout the world - the highest number ever recorded.  This Action will bring the Geneva community together to create a work of public art that emphasizes the need for host communities to include and ensure refugees' rights are respected worldwide. Portraits of refugees, asylum-seekers and members of the host-community will be pasted on the façade of a hosting facility right in front of UNHCR headquarters.