Australia Celebrates Refugee Week 2012

Refugee Week will be celebrated from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 June 2012


This week is Refugee Week, with events taking place around Australia until Saturday 23 June, celebrating the 2012 theme, Restoring Hope.

Since 1986, Refugee Week has been an annual activity to inform the public about refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions made by them to Australian society. Refugee Week aims to educate the Australian public about who refugees are and why they have come to Australia, to help people understand the many challenges they face and to focus on how the community can provide a safe and welcoming environment.

It is also an opportunity for community groups and individuals to do something positive for refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people, within Australia but also around the world.

Show your support for Refugee Week and for World Refugee Day, Wednesday 20 June, and find out more about the celebrations at

We’ve put together a collection of books to share some refugee stories, from well known authors like Anh Do, Nam Le and Majok Tulba, whose debut novel Beneath the Darkening Sky will be released on July 1.