Join Australia for UNHCR at a special celebration for World Refugee Day on Thursday 16 June.

At a time of unprecedented humanitarian need, World Refugee Day is an opportunity to come together to support forcibly displaced people, from Ukraine to Afghanistan.

This year, we are pleased to host an in-person lunchtime event in Sydney. We will also livestream the event to ensure our supporters from around the world can join us.

Register now to hear first-hand from refugees, who will share their stories of courage and resilience. You will also receive an update on the impact UNHCR is having on the ground in refugee situations around the world.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 16 June 2022
Time: 12-2pm AEST (live in Sydney and online)
Location: Sheraton Grand Sydney, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney


If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact us via email on [email protected]

Professor Munjed Al Muderis was NSW Australian of the Year in 2020. He was born in Iraq to a wealthy family and became a doctor during the regime of Saddam Hussein. Professor Al Muderis refused to torture prisoners and facing the same fate, he fled from Iraq and ended up on a flimsy boat to Australia. Here he worked menial jobs while studying to become an orthopaedic surgeon. Dr Al Muderis is now a global leader in osseo-integration surgery – a cutting edge technology that attaches robots to people who have lost limbs, giving them their mobility back.




Danijel MalbasaDanijel Malbasa is the inaugural winner of the Les Murray Award for Refugee Recognition. A former Yugoslav refugee, Danijel is now a powerful advocate, writer and lawyer. His writing has appeared in The Guardian and he is Deputy Chair of the Forcibly Displaced People Network (Australia's first LGBTIQ+ refugee network) and sits on the steering committee of the National Refugee-led Advocacy and Advisory Group. Danijel also volunteers as a migration agent with Refugee Legal, where he helps asylum seekers apply for Temporary Protection Visas.


Blue Dot Hubs

This World Refugee Day, we will be fundraising to support the opening of new Blue Dot hubs in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

Blue Dot hubs are an integral part of UNHCR’s protection response, providing emergency services for the most vulnerable. The hubs offer a number of critical services, including child protection, children’s play spaces, psychosocial support and legal aid. Currently, UNHCR has established 19 hubs, and aims to build a total of 35.

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