June 20: World Refugee Day observed across the globe

World Refugee Day was observed across the world on 20 June 2014. This day observed to enhance awareness of the condition of refugees throughout the world.

The day was first observed in 2001 after the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 55/76 on December 4, 2000 to mark June 20 as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, it was noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report, the number of refugees including internally displaced and asylum-seekers across the globe has for the first time crossed 50 million in 2013 which is the highest since the World War II.



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