Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June).
The theme for Refugee Week for 2015 to 2017 was be “With courage let us all combine”. Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.
Refugee Week empowers people and organisations to create their own celebrations.
Get involved by trying some of these initiatives:
For more information about Refugee Week and how it’s celebrated across Australia, visit the Refugee Week website
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