World Refugee Day

Each year on the twentieth of June, the world renews its focus and dedication towards refugees. It also illuminates the most recent advancements regarding their growing population, and closely observes the type of hardships they endure and the obstacles they encounter in the refugee setting.

This Day is also seen as a call for empathy and a plea for global help to ensure their survival and access to necessities for a decent and lasting livelihood.

However, the continuation of wars and armed conflicts, in addition to persecution, poverty, difficult economic conditions, environmental conditions, and climate change, have forced millions of people to leave their countries and seek safe shelter elsewhere.

In 2024, we are currently facing an unprecedented rise in the number of refugees, which has now reached 120 million. Providing basic necessities for their survival has become a challenge, as even with substantial relief aid, it is still not enough to meet their demands for sustenance, clean water, healthcare, and crucially, suitable shelter.

In this particular situation, empowering refugees is crucial as a strategic approach to enhance their self-perception and society's perception of them. This is because their valuable role in enhancing their own quality of life and ability to provide essential economic support holds immense importance.

Empowerment is a key challenge for institutions and organizations that advocate for refugee rights, involving access to education, training, and skill building opportunities.

Due to the increasing fulfillment of primary needs and the severe situations in displacement and asylum centers, education is frequently neglected in the continuous endeavors. As a result, many refugee children are unable to access educational and healthcare services, resulting in a lack of necessary skills for their future and restricting their job opportunities.

Empowerment plays a vital role in refugee aid initiatives, serving as a key element in enhancing their well-being and abilities, allowing them to not only receive support but also offer assistance to one another. Many of them can still work in their former roles as doctors, teachers, or farmers.

Given the hardships faced by refugees, it is crucial to embrace a new perspective and utilize their capabilities to meet development goals. Seizing every opportunity and learning from successful experiences is essential to improving the quality of life for refugees. It is also essential to implement humanitarian actions to effectively tackle the crises and challenges they face. Many refugee hosting countries have successfully integrated them into their economies through providing education, job opportunities, and training, resulting in significantly improvement in their quality of life.

Fatima Bint Mubarak