World Refugee – Day 20 June 2018

According to StatsSA, in 2014 there were over 65,500 refugees and 230,000 asylum-seekers in South Africa. It was also estimated by Leggett (2003) that in Hillbrow, almost 25% of migrants are foreign-born.

Observed on 20 June each year, The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day aims to honour the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

To mark this important day and to highlight the strength and plight of many refugees in Hillbrow, the Outreach Foundation together with Lucsa Diakonia, organised a  dialogue amongst migrant youth and school-going children in Johannesburg.

We created a safe open space to listen to migrant children and others. It was very successful and gave many the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and to learn about the hardships so many migrants go through.