US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made a statement on the occasion of World Refugee Day on June 20.
“This World Refugee Day, we acknowledge the unprecedented humanitarian crises across the globe, resulting in the largest number of refugees in history. Last month, we reached the tragic milestone of more than 100 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. Through humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, and refugee resettlement, the United States leads the way in helping the courageous and resilient people who are forced to flee persecution to find safety and rebuild their lives.”
The Secretary of State also stressed that the UN Agency for Refugee Affairs formulated the theme of this year’s World Refugee Day as follows: “Whoever it is. Wherever it is. Whenever. Everyone has the right to security.”
“We value and honor the strength and resilience of refugees. Our commitment to (protecting) vulnerable populations is unwavering,” the head of the US diplomacy stressed.
“However, the needs are significant, and we call on the donor community to increase contributions to support the needs of refugees and other vulnerable groups around the world.”
Due to the unmotivated full-scale war waged by Russia against Ukraine, the number of displaced persons in the country is over 8 million.