World Refugee Day 6/20/21
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.
YTV has partnered with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program on music and dance programming for this annual recognition. In addition, YTV has supported and promoted New American performance groups like Diversity Rocks (including visits to the United Nations in NYC and the White House in DC), the Bosnian Lilies, the Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group and others, worked with the Vermont Folklife Center and others on the New Neighbors project, featured performances by New American artists and their students at the Young Tradition Festival, Trad Camp, Touring Group and other program and activities, and have welcomed several of those artists as members of our Board of Directors.
World Refugee Day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. While it is important to protect and improve the lives of refugees every single day, international days like World Refugee Day help to focus global attention on the plight of those fleeing conflict or persecution. Many activities held on World Refugee Day create opportunities to support refugees.
The US has recently increased the refugee admissions ceiling to 62,500 from the historic low of 15,000 and there have already been increased numbers of refugee arrivals around the country.