Refugee Week

​Refugee Week started in Australia in 1986 and is now a global celebration. It incorporates World Refugee Day (June 20).

Refugee Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the many wonderful ways in which people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds enrich their new communities. It is an opportunity for ordinary people to welcome, thank and celebrate their neighbours who have come seeking safety.

The key aims of Refugee Week are:

  • To educate the public about who refugees are and why they have come to Australia, and to understand the many challenges they face in doing so.
  • To foster empathy and understanding and in doing so, encourage a safe and welcoming environment for people seeking safety in Australia.
  • To enable communities and individuals to take positive action and stand in solidarity with people seeking asylum and displaced people in Australia and around the world. https://
This year Refugee Week celebrates the Year of Welcome. We can all play our part with being people of welcome, starting with those whom we encounter in our local communities but may not know well. It can be as simple as sharing a smile!

A Prayer for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

No one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care. In your kindness watch over refugees and asylum seekers, those separated from their loved ones, those who are lost, and those who have been exiled from their homes. Bring them safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and those in need. Source: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council