Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

World Refugee Day

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In 2000 the United Nations General Assembly established June 20 as World Refugee Day. Since 2001, people all over the world have celebrated World Refugee Day with events that honor the world’s refugees and raise awareness about their continued plight. Events to honor World Refugee Day are held worldwide, from refugee camps around the world to right here in Wisconsin. To learn more about World Refugee Day and the refugee story, click here.

Here in Wisconsin we organize a variety of activities throughout the state in the month of June to recognize the more than 75,000 refugees living across our state and to celebrate the diversity of culture and experiences they bring to our communities.

All events are free and open to the public. We encourage you to look for local events in your area each June. 

At World Refugee Day celebrations you can learn more about the refugee resettlement process, support local agencies that serve refugees, and enjoy the rich culture of our refugee communities.