There are so many updates relating to World Refugee Day, it's hard to keep track of them all! Although you can certainly try by following tweets at #WorldRefugeeDay and #RefugeeDay2013, reading statements posted on ReliefWeb, and visiting the Facebook pages of UNHCR offices and other refugee organizations.
Here are just some of the new resources that I've come across so far. Check for updates as the day unfolds!
Displacement: The New 21st Century Challenge. UNHCR Global Trends 2012 (UNHCR, June 2013) [access]
- "[A]s of the end of 2012, more than 45.2 million people were in situations of displacement compared to 42.5 million at the end of 2011.
This includes 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers, and 28.8 million people forced to flee within the borders of their own countries. The report does not include the rise in those forced from their homes in Syria during the current year." Follow the link for the report in English and Spanish, photos, audio/video, press releases, and graphics. See also the Guardian's data summary.
Good Practices for Urban Refugees [access]
- "This interactive website aims to support practitioners to better share and use good practice in the response to refugee needs in urban areas. In addition to good practice case studies, it includes tools, guidelines, research, media, surveys, urban strategies and other information relevant for urban programming."
Journalists in Exile 2013 (Committee to Protect Journalists, June 2013) [access]
- Follow link for special report, audio, and data.
Landmines and Refugees: The Risks and the Responsibilities to Protect and Assist Victims (Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor, June 2013)
- New briefing paper.
On Solid Ground [access]
- Joint IRC UK/Panos Pictures project "that uses the idea of home to allow audiences across Europe to connect with the issues faced by people hit by some of the most devastating humanitarian crises around the world." See also related blog post and photo gallery.
Refugee Week: 75+ Recent Children's Books about the Refugee Experience (Playing by the Book, June 2013) [text]
- See also related blog post highlighting children's book authors/illustrators who were refugees themselves.
Speak Out: A Blog for APRRN Members [access]
- A new platform for people to share stories and experiences about refugee issues in the Asia Pacific context.
Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Refugees (AlertNet, June 2013) [text]
Where Are the 50 Most Populous Refugee Camps? (Smithsonian Magazine, June 2013) [access]
- An interactive map.
Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.