World Refugee Day is held to increase awareness of refugees globally. It is observed June 20 every year.

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention. It is also 60 years since UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, was established.

No one wants to become a refugee.  No one should have to endure this humiliating and arduous ordeal. Yet, millions do. Even one refugee forced to flee, one refugee forced to return to danger is one too many, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the letter to UN website.

There were 43.7 million displaced people worldwide at the end of 2010, up from 43.3 million a year before according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).