The Refugee Day

The Global Digest (English) - - Contents - By Staff Cor­re­spon­dent

South Korea based refugee NGOs or­ga­nized Refugee week and Refugee Day at Kwangh­wa­mon Square and In­sadong-Gil in down­town Seoul city, on June 20th. For the week pro­ceed­ing Refugee Day on June 20th, the group or­ga­nized a whole week of ac­tiv­i­ties for Refugee week.

There were fewer par­tic­i­pants in 2014, said a staff mem­ber. The par­tic­i­pants in­cluded Jumma, Korean, Ti­betan, Con­golese and other refugees. The event was held in or­der to pro­mote aware­ness among Korean peo­ple about refugees. The event was held with the slo­gan, “Refugee: is one of us.” There were var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to send the mes­sage to con­ser­va­tive Korean so­ci­ety that we can all get along to­gether as one, re­gard­less of our dif­fer­ent walks of life.

In 1992, the Re­pub­lic of Korea be­came one of the few Asian coun­tries to have adopted the 1951 Refugee Con­ven­tion. As of 2014, the South Korean gov­ern­ment has rec­og­nized 547 refugees, 2,397asy­lum seek­ers, and 194 state­less per­sons. The Na­tional As­sem­bly of the Re­pub­lic of Korea has passed a new refugee law be­came law in July 2013. Hope­fully, more rights for refugee, in­clud­ing ba­sic liv­ing as­sis­tance, will fol­low as a re­sult of this law. The UNHCR in South Korea used USD 2,109,146 in 2014, and its 2015 bud­gets is also USD 2,109,146. The event was held in or­der to pro­mote aware­ness about refugees among Korean peo­ple. Refugee Week was held for the first time in Korea.

At the event, a flash mob dance was per­formed, and there were var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to send the mes­sage to the Korean so­ci­ety that we can all get along to­gether as one, re­gard­less of our dif­fer­ent walks of life.

Refugee NGOs cam­paign at the Na­tional Aseem­bly of Korea

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