Looking for a safe place to live

You have twenty minutes notice to leave your home. You do not know where you will be going and when, if ever, you will return. You can take only what you can carry in one small bag.

Spare a moment to look around and think about the choices you would make. What would you pack and what would you leave behind? For millions of people around the world this is not a hypothetical situation, but a harsh reality.

20 June, 2021, is World Refugee Day. This honours the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homelands under threat of persecution, conflict or violence. It is also a day to recognise the benefits that refugees bring to their resettlement communities.

In 2021, the event focuses on the power of inclusion. Given the chance, refugees will continue to contribute to a stronger, safer and more vibrant world. This year, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is calling for greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, schools and sport. Find out how you can get involved in events here.

Some groups will be dedicating an entire week to encouraging people to think about the lives of refugees and the human right to a secure place to call home. In the UK, for example, Refugee Week runs from 14 to 20 June, 2021.

In numbers

There are an estimated 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, which equates to 1% of the world population. About 32 million of these displaced people are children under 18 years of age (end-2019 figures). Most refugees are hosted in developing countries adjacent to their countries of origin.

RSK has global presence. It supports economic and social development in the communities where it operates and has helped refugee aid projects through grassroots charities. RSK Communication Services has played its part by donating time and expertise to create websites, including that for Refugees & Mentors.

*Data source: https://www.unhcr.org/refugee-statistics/