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October 7, 2016

Minahil and Natasha meet An Tánaiste, and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald. 

Last month our two wonderful Youth Activists, Natasha Maimba and Minahil Sarfraz travelled to the United Nations in New York to represent young refugees at the UN Refugee Summit.

What was the most amazing part of all of this? These Global Girls gave children on the move a voice, and made sure it was heard!While there, they spoke to some of the most influential decision-makers in the world, and shared their experience of being a young refugee.

To find out more about the discussions in New York: check out http://www.unicefyouth.com/children-on-the-move

 The future is bright! Mary Robinson meets Minahil and Natasha.

Vice-President of the European Commission Kristalina Georgeiva speaks on a panel with Natasha and Minahil.

August 4, 2016

Rami Anis began formally swimming in his native Syria in 2014. When the conflict became too much to bear he fled to Turkey. Thinking he would only be there for a short time, he took not much more than a change of clothes with him. Now living in Belguim, Rami will compete in the Men's 100m freestyle on Tuesday, August 9th and the Men's 100m butterfly Thursday, 11th August.

Hear from Rami below:

Don't forget to cheer him on and pledge your support to the whole team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @TeamRefugees

August 2, 2016

Yusra Mardini is just seventeen and fled her native Syria, along with her sister last year, when the conflict became too much to bear. When the dinghy Yusra and twenty others were on began to sink thirty minutes into the crossing to Greece, Yusra's talent saved their lives. Now living in Germany, Yusra was tipped for greatness in Tokyo 2020 but the International Olympic Committee's #TeamRefugees initiative is giving her the chance to compete at Rio.

Cheer Yusra on in her events! She will compete in the 100m butterfly on Saturday and the 100m freestyle on Wednesday August 10th.

Hear from Yusra:

Follow Yusra's Olympic journey and support her on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @TeamRefugees!

August 2, 2016

A few weeks ago we told you about the first ever Olympic Refugee Team.

As we count down the days to the Olympic Opening Ceremony, we're rooting for the ten athletes who will be competing for Team Refugees.

Who are these refugees? Where do they come from? All this week we will profile them so you know who to cheer on when their turn to compete rolls around!

Don't forget to pledge your support on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram @TeamRefugees

For now, check out this video from the Olympic Committee!

June 29, 2016

Last year TV screens, Twitter feeds, and newspapers were filled with images of thousands of migrants entering Europe. They disembarked boats, boarded overcrowded trains, and walked up motorways in search of safety. 

We saw acts of kindness from strangers on the Greek island of Lesbos, and at train stations all over Central Europe. Who are these people handing out clothes and food to the refugees? What prompted their selfless good deeds? 

The Silent Heroes Facebook page, which is run by United Nations Youth Delegates from across the world, is a page similar to the famous Humans of New York project and features these people and tells their story.

Check it out for yourself at https://www.facebook.com/SilentHeroes2015/

What can you do to help refugees who are new to your area? Let us know on Twitter @unicefIRLyouth

June 27, 2016

Meet Saya. 

Saya Abdullah is the Youth Delegate of the Netherlands to the United Nations. Saya is also a medical student, and as part of his studies, he visited refugee camps in Iraq and conducted research on the healthcare status of refugees. 

Saya feels passionately about the plight of refugees. He aims to inspire and activate the young people of the Netherlands to respond actively to the current humanitarian crisis.

Why is he so active on this issue? Why should you become engaged?

Watch his speech to the United Nations below to find out!

Now that you've heard from Saya, what can you do in your community to help refugees? Tell us in the comments box below or on Twitter! You'll find us @unicefIRLyouth

June 24, 2016

This week as we recognised World Refugee Day, we have also been looking at the achievements of prominent refugees in the music industry.

The UNHCR recently shared the stories of ten Olympians who are refugees, now competing under the flag of the countries which took them in and granted them asylum. 

Check out the website to see more: http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2016/6/575154624/10-refugees-compete-2016-olympics-rio.html

Be sure to support these athletes during the Olympic Games at Rio!

June 22, 2016

Monday was World Refugee Day, and many of you took part in the UReport poll asking you about refugee statistics. It's easy to lose sight of the people behind those numbers, and the potential.

A quick look at the music industry shows us that refugees, like every individual, have so much to offer society, that they should be welcomed wholeheartedly and afforded every opportunity so that they can prosper.

Rita Ora was born in Kosovo, and when she was just one year old her family relocated to England to escape the conflict in the FPR Yugoslavia.

M.I.A. was born in England, but moved to Sri Lanka at a young age. Fleeing violence, her family moved to India, and then back to England. Her 2015 track, Borders, made headlines for bringing the migration crisis into pop culture.

Mika, was born in the Lebanon. When he was one year old his family left war-torn Beirut, seeking refuge in Paris.

Wyclef Jean and his family left Haiti under the Duvalier regime and moved to New Jersey, USA. His music grou...

June 20, 2016

You have heard over the last few years that there is a global migration crisis. Right now the number of people displaced in the world is about the same as the population of France

Why do refugees have to flee their homes? Most refugees don't want to leave their homes. Most want to stay where they are, with their families, friends and jobs, but when life becomes too dangerous to stay many need to find protection elsewhere. 

Refugees leave their own countries because they fear persecution due to their race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or because of the social or political groups they belong to. 

Over half of those displaced are under 18 years of age. These children and young people have to leave school, their friends and every part of their everyday lives to find somewhere safe to live. 

With every minute that passes, twenty-four people in the world become displaced. That's about the size of your class in school. Every school class has different individuals: there might be a girl...

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