World Refugee Day

Over 65 million of the world’s population have been forcibly displaced—forced to flee their homes, communities, and the worlds they know. Nearly a third of these people are formally classified by the UNHCR as refugees, and all need our help.  

World Refugee Day was first designated by the United Nations in 2001, and every June 20th the world comes together to honor the strength, courage, contributions and cultures of refugees. World Relief invites you to speak up for refugees—to lend your voice and tangibly stand with refugees. Mark the day by taking action.

Source: UNHCR Figures at a Glance

Make a difference in the lives of refugees here in the U.S.

Tarek's Story

Tarek is 12 years old. A Syrian boy who’s spent three years living in Jordan, Tarek remembers the war. He remembers hiding from the bombs, and using his headphones to block the noise made by the explosions. His grandfather was injured when his home was bombed in Syria, and shortly thereafter his family fled. 

Now in Jordan, Tarek can finally attend school and “likes everything ... studying ... all the subjects.” He says he likes going to church there, and “having a chance to play.” Tarek hopes to return to Syria one day, and often asks his family when peace will come. They don’t have an answer for him. 

*Some information has been changed to protect the individual’s identity.


Stand With Refugees is a nationwide calling campaign. From June 12-16, we need your help compelling Congress to welcome refugees.

Donate to World Relief and make a difference in the lives of refugees here in the U.S.

Commit to partner in prayer with others around the world as we answer Jesus’ call to love our neighbor.

Why welcome refugees?

Listen to four leaders share their unique perspectives share their unique perspectives on the value of welcoming refugees.

Jeremy Courtney

“I think that God desperately wants us all to open our hearts and open our arms as wide as we can.”

Amena Brown

"We should welcome the stranger until the stranger is no longer a stranger."

Jenny Yang

"When we actually welcome refugees, we're welcoming Jesus himself."

Zaynab Abdi

"All I wanted was just a hug, love and welcoming."

1979–World Relief launches its refugee resettlement ministry, helping Vietnamese boat people adjust to life in America.

The work started with Grady and Evelyn Mangham, retired missionaries with a heart for service and Vietnam. World Relief’s new resettlement program welcomed 1,000 refugees in its first six months, and has been responding to the world’s crises ever since.


"Those ten years with World Relief [the Manghams retired from World Relief in the late 1980s] were the highlight of our lives. It was such an emotional and great time for us and it grew so fast that we always had a challenge, always had to get some new help, always got to watch some miracle. We wouldn’t trade them for anything!"
– Evelyn Mangham


In total, World Relief has welcomed over 250,000 refugees from more than 85 countries.  
In 2016 alone, over 20,000 people were served by World Relief’s refugee and immigration services:


Refugees resettled in the United States by World Relief


Clients provided with legal services


Individuals educated about human trafficking


Volunteers working in Refugee & Immigration Services

Rally your friends and family to stand in support of the world’s displaced.