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Today Finland celebrates the World Refugee Day with rest of the globe.
“Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me. They led ordinary lives before becoming displaced, and their biggest dream is to be able to live normally again. On this World Refugee Day let us recall our common humanity, celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere,” said Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary-general of the UN, in a bulletin.
On the World Refugee Day, the Finnish Red Cross aims to promote humane refugee policy in Finland and affect municipalities willingness to make affirmative decisions on resettlement. Finland must act with solidarity and shared responsibility as all humans deserve to live in safety. The Finnish Red Cross wants to adduce the right to family life and highlight the fact that family unit has a solid value for better integration.
One of the ways to get acquainted with the lives of the refugees is to step into a refugee tent at the Helsinki Railway station between 8 in the morning until 17:00 in the afternoon.
Get a glimpse at a multisensory space which offers a view of a common life experience for millions who live in refugee camps. Come and share discussions with Red Cross volunteers and learn more how life is experienced along migratory trails and how you can act locally to help others.
Red Cross volunteers are carrying donation boxes to collect funds for the Greek refugee camps.
World Refugee Day has been marked on June 20, ever since the UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000 decided on the importance to celebrate it.