EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, a member of the Migration Museums Network, coordinated by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, joins the United Nations in commemorating World Refugee Day on 20th June, 2020. As our world continues to battle widespread xenophobia and inequalities, in many ways made more manifest by the COVID-19 pandemic, World Refugee Day is an important opportunity to shine a light on the injustices suffered by refugees and migrants as well as their resilience and contributions to new communities.
“Today, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over 70 million people around the world have been forced from their homelands by conflict and persecution. To put this figure into context that number equates to all those with Irish heritage worldwide. As a museum of Irish emigration we empathize with the plight of those forced to flee their homelands during times of conflict, persecution or famine and are aware of the enormous contributions such migrants can make to their new societies, when given the opportunity.”
Dr J Patrick Greene, CEO & Museum Director, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
As a global network of Migration Museums, all of us come together to stress the importance of amplifying the voices of refugees, preserving their histories, and encouraging our communities to take transformative actions to support them. While we represent vastly diverse groups, cultures, and heritages, the museums in this network embrace our joint responsibility to strengthen and care for each other as global citizens. At a time when hopeful expressions of solidarity with the marginalized are taking hold across continents, World Refugee Day is, too, a global call to action. We encourage everyone to take a step, no matter how big or small, in support of the many steps that refugees take in their journeys to find increased safety for themselves and for their families. Learn more about various events that our participating organizations are hosting in recognition of World Refugee Day by following the hashtag #MigrationMuseums and viewing this video.