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Refugees

How you can help

There are many ways that you can help refugees, whether they are right in your own community or half a world away.

Over the decades, millions of refugees have resettled to countries around the globe to rebuild their lives. You can help create a welcoming and supportive environment for those arriving in your community. If there are refugee services in your area, contact them and see if there’s something you can do to help, even if it’s just extending a smile and a welcoming hand.

Some ideas at the community level could include:
Support World Refugee Day (June 20) events in your community. Learn more
Set up a fundraising event to help refugees.
Write to your local government representatives to support the refugee cause.
Encourage local media to cover refugee issues and raise public awareness.
Subscribe to refugee publications, including UNHCR e-newsletters

Invite refugees or those who help them to speak in schools, workplaces and clubs.
Encourage teachers to include refugee issues in classroom discussions.Information for teachers.

New residents of the Roghani Refugee Camp in Chaman, a Pakistani border town. Children and young people make up a large percentage of the population at Roghani Refugee Camp.

New residents of the Roghani Refugee Camp in Chaman, a Pakistani border town. Children and young people make up a large percentage of the population at Roghani Refugee Camp.
UN Photo/Luke Powell

On a more global level, individuals and groups can support the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which has offices in more than 120 countries and cares for tens of millions of refugees and displaced people worldwide
Donate in support of UNHCR field operations around the world.
Apply for an internship at the UNHCR office in your country.
Businesses and foundations wanting to support the refugee cause can contact UNHCR’s Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Unit in Geneva.
If you are an experienced, skilled professional, offer your services as a UN Volunteer.
UNV is administered by the UN Development Program and mobilizes more than 7,500 volunteers for development projects worldwide each year, including programs to help refugees.
Join UNHCR’s digital dialogue via Twitter, Facebook, Causes, YouTube, MySpace, Flickr and other platforms.
Nominate a candidate for the annual Nansen Refugee Award, which is given out every October to a person or group for outstanding services in supporting refugee causes.