20th of June is a day to dissaminate information about the situation of refugees who are living all around the world, on the occasion of World Refugee Day.
It was celebrated for the first time in 2001 and has been celebrated in Turkey since 2007.
Refugee is a person who has fear of being persecuted for justified reasons due to his/her race, religion, nationality or belonging to a particular social group or political view and therefore living in another country.
It is important to remember that refugee status is not an identity, but a process. Many people around the world have experienced being refugees because of wars, disasters or similar incidents. However, this usually did not turn into a permanent situation.
MSYD-ASRA has organized events in the Community Centers and Rehabilitation Centers within the scope of World Refugee Day in Ankara, Mersin and Hatay. MSYD-ASRA volunteers shared their meals at the same table with the refugees with the theme of ‘ I Share My Food, I could also be a refugee!’
In this common table, it was emphasized that being refugee is not a preference and we can live all together with the same fate in this country. In MSYD-ASRA centers; painting activities for women and men, cloth and finger painting activities for children were organized in art workshops, for the meaning and importance of the day.
At the end of the activities the participant beneficiaries wrote their wishes about the future and the significance of the day on the message sheets.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced in its annual report that as of 2018, 70 million 800 thousand people have been displaced worldwide. According to UNHCR, this the highest number ever in terms of refugees and displaced persons worldwide. Turkey is most refugee hosting country around the world since 5 years now.
In the report released by UNHCR on the occasion of World Refugee Day, Turkey is hosting 3.7 million refugees and most of them are Syrians. Lebanon is the country that accepts the most refugees compared to its population, Jordan and Turkey follows. Turkey is also in the rage of 5th, with 83 thousand 800 new asylum applications worldwide.