Mary-Anne Kate, PhD
World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, shows support for refugees, and requests that governments work together and do their fair share for refugees.
Who is a refugee?
A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence. Refugees by definition are traumatised individuals, with the legal criteria for refugee status requiring the person to have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group and that, for these reasons, they are unable to return home or are afraid to do so.