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June 21, 2022

Press Release: Commemoration of World Refugee Day 2022

N’Djaména, Chad— June 21, 2022. The United States is honored to join the Government of the Republic of Chad and the international community in commemorating World Refugee Day 2022. World Refugee Day was held globally for the first time on June 20, 2001, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. This year, we focus on the right to seek safety.  Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee. Chad is host to 578,842 refugees, mostly from Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Nigeria.

The U.S. government is the lead provider of humanitarian assistance to refugees in Chad through the United State Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). In 2021, the US government contributed more than $84 million for humanitarian assistance in Chad to assist refugees, displaced persons, host communities and other food insecure populations, and it has consistently been the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Chad for many years. The United States is committed to working with the International Community and the government of Chad to improve the living conditions of refugees.