World Refugee Day
June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day on which we celebrate the strength and resilience of refugees. It is also a day we raise awareness about the current refugee crisis with 21.3 million refugees worldwide, more than at any time since World War II.
All refugees are vulnerable to abuse and deserve a safe space, but women and girl refugees are twice as vulnerable to violence and exploitation simply because of their gender.
“Most data shows the economic impact is generally positive,” agrees Betts, especially when immigrants are well educated, as most Syrians are. “Unlike ordinary migrants, refugees didn’t choose to come,” says Betts, potentially making their impact slightly different.. But that means they will go home if they can, or if not, adapt like other migrants.