5 articles you should read on World Refugee Day


Today is World Refugee Day!

 

Since the year 2000 June 20th is World Refugee Day. It is a day to honour people’s strength and endurance, a day to show solidarity and a day to educate ourselves about what it means to be a refugee.

refugee
/rɛfjʊˈdʒiː/
noun
refugee; plural noun: refugees
a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster
In the political climate of today a lot of people still use the word refugee incorrectly. Some talk about migrants and expats, when they are actually talking about people, who have lost their homes and families and had to flee war and destruction. Sometimes this might be due to personal opinions, often times it is because people are not educated enough about the matter. So we encourage you to use this day to read up on what it means to be a refugee, what life feels like once they have arrived in a safe country and what one can do to show solidarity and support.

Therefore we have compiled a list of 5 articles that are definitely a must-read today!

1. The Journey: An Interview on World Refugee Day

Last year for World Refugee Day one of our authors interviewed someone who had to leave their home as a teenager due to war. In the interview they explore topics such as the journey to Austria and how to start all over again in a foreign country far away from home at such a young age.

2. #LeaveNoOneBehind: Why your support matters

In this article we show 3 different perspectives of why your support for the #LeaveNoOneBehind – movement matters. Often times it can feel like one person can’t change anything anyway, so we talked to three different people to show you: your voice is important!

3. Solidarity in self-isolation

In this blogpost the author explores the matter of showing solidarity in self-isolation and why it is important to demand action. It is a great resource for anyone who wants to educate themselves about the European Union’s position in the refugee crisis.

4. Petitions: A Time for Slacktivism

Have you ever wondered when signing a petition ever did good? We sure did! If you are as curious as we are, don’t miss out on this piece. It will encourage you to take your activism online, because every kind of activism counts!

5. A Rochade with Friends

Ever wondered how the game of chess could help refugees to navigate through their day-to-day life in Austria? It’s a great way to meet new people, helps one to learn the language and it’s a great hobby to keep yourself busy when life is overwhelming. Even though this article is already 4 years old, the chess club is still meeting  weekly if you want to join.

 

header image credit: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

 

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About Julia Unteregger

Julia is a writer and a mental health professional. In her free time she likes to hike, even though she fears heights. She also drinks a lot of coffee and plays an excessive amount of solitaire.

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