May 30, 2024

President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has acknowledged refugees around the globe for their courage and resilience to seek refuge in different countries.

He said refugees play a role in the globe as when they are positioned to have access to the legal employment opportunities in their host country, they are able to utilizes their knowledge to assist in filling the gap of a country’s labour market.

“On World Refugee Day, we recognize the courage and resilience of those seeking refuge in our communities, and commit to helping everyone who is displaced or searching for safety. I hope you’ll support.” Obama tweeted.

His tweet comes as the world celebrates World Refugee Day.

World Refugee Day is an international day organised every year on 20 June by the United Nations. It is designed to celebrate and honour refugees from around the world. The day was first established on 20 June 2001, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

The theme for 2023 World Refugee Day is “Hope Away from Home”.

The event aims to recognise the strength of the refugees who have fled the conflict and persecution of their country in hope of finding sanctuary and living a better life. World Refugee Day builds the concept of understanding for their plight which shows one’s resilience and courage in the rebuilding of their future.

A refugee is an individual who leaves their country due to the ramifications of war, conflict persecutions and violence that they have faced within their home country. Through undertaking the process of crossing international borders, some refugees are often found to leave everything behind carrying only the minimal clothing and possessions; with the plan to find safety and haven in a different country.

The 1951 Refugee Convention acknowledges a refugee as an individual who is unable to return to their country of origin owing to the founded fear of being affected by their race, religion, participation of a social group or in different political opinions.