World Refugee Day 2022

We cannot forget the millions of asylum seekers, refugees and displaced persons in other parts of the world, who desperately need to be welcomed, protected and loved.

Pope Francis

World Refugee Day is celebrated every year on 20 June. This international day was designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe, shine a light on their plight, and work together to find long-term solutions to displacement.

The theme for World Refugee Day 2022 is “Whoever. Wherever. Whenever. Everyone has the right to seek safety.” and calls for the right of every person to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee.

(Photo on top: Refugees from Venezuela at the Colombian border - George Castellanos / Jesuit Refugee Service)


N Hkawng Pa camp is one of the many settlements for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Myanmar.

Forgotten situations of displacement: a photo essay

When an emergency breaks out, forcibly displaced people find themselves at the centre of international debates.

Sadly, media and political attention do not last long. Soon the stories of refugees are neglected, their voices silenced.

Even if they don’t make the headlines, people affected by crisis like those in Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Venezuela, are still in need.

Read about these and other forgotten situations of displacement in the first of a dedicated series of photo essays.

We must not forget our forcibly displaced brothers and sisters.


Ajah and her granchildren live in Maban, South Sudan. Families in South Sudan are enduring decades of forced displacement.

Prayer for the forgotten

In the face of the many challenges of forced displacement, we can find hope and strength walking alongside our displaced brothers and sisters and witnessing their outstanding resilience.

Let us pray together so that all refugees, everywhere, may heal, learn, and determine their own future.

Download the prayer and commit not to forget our forcibly displaced brothers and sisters – wherever they may come from.

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