The UN released figures that the number of refugees in the world has reached the highest level ever recorded – estimates suggest it will be 65.3 million people by the end of the year.
On average, 34,000 people per day have to flee their homes, with over half of the world's refugees coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Each year on June 20th, tens of thousands of people around the world recognise World Refugee Day to call attention to the hundreds of families who have to flee their violent countries each day.
The commemoration is observed by holding events in over 100 countries involving government officials, aid workers, celebrities, civilians and refugees. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stated that its 'not a crisis of numbers, but a crisis of solidarity.'
The United Nations Refugee Agency has launched the #WithRefugees petition so you can help.
The petition will be delivered to the UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants taking place at the UN General Assembly on September 19.
The petition asks governments to:
- Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
- Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
- Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
Other ways to help
Donate to an NGO There are plenty to choose from;
There are plenty to choose from;
Save the Children distributes essential items like hygiene kits, diapers and food.
Red Cross Europe provides emergency health services.
Migrant Offshore Aid Station is dedicated to preventing migrant deaths at sea.
International Rescue Committee helps set up camps to improve living conditions.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides basic necessities like water, tents, and healthcare.
Refugee Action helps by giving advice and support about the asylum process.
- World Vision aims to provide food, water, shelter, education and counseling.