Each year, on 20 June, people across the world mark World Refugee Day, to honour refugees and celebrate the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
This World Refugee Day, on a special episode of Parliamentary Conversations in the Commonwealth, we ask:
How can we give refugees a voice in our democracies?
To discuss this question, we are joined by:
- Hon. Ayor Makur Chuot, a newly elected Member of the Parliament of Western Australia and former South Sudanese refugee
- Sally Gandar, Head of Parliamentary Advocacy & Legal Advisor at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, a South African NGO working to foster the cultural, social and economic integration of migrants, refugees and South Africans into local society.
- Louise Donovan, Communications Officer for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh, where nearly 890,000 Rohingya refugees live across 34 camps.