Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the European Commission has launched the #SupportRefugees campaign during the EURO 2016 football championship, with the support of international football stars Marouane Fellaini and Anja Mittag as goodwill ambassadors. The information campaign has one key aim: to raise awareness of the situation of the 60 million displaced men, women and children worldwide and the support they are being provided.
“For millions of fans, football is their life. For millions of refugees, life is about survival. Sports and especially football have a long heritage of promoting good causes and socially constructive messages. The footballers – who have given their time freely for the campaign – will help us to spread the word about the positive and important work the EU is doing to support refugees.” said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
With the support of UEFA, the European football’s governing body and host of the European Championship, and the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro), they are kick-starting an EU campaign on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2016 on 20 June to raise awareness of EU life-saving support for refugees.
The EU gives more than €1 billion a year to help refugees forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and natural disasters. This vital humanitarian funding provides access to shelter, food, health care, sanitation, education and other essential services.
Marouane Fellaini and Anja Mittag are proud to support World Refugee Day.
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More than 60 million people are forcibly displaced as a result of violent conflict and natural disasters.
51% of the global refugee population are children. This is the highest proportion in over a decade.
The two children who appear with the players in the video come from refugee families who are now living in Europe. Seven-year-old Nathan Isayas, originally from Eritrea, and Christallenia Solomon, originally from Nigeria, had to flee from their countries with their families due to political and religious persecution. They, like other 60 million people worldwide, cannot return to their home country.
World Refugee Day has been celebrated every year since 2001, when the UN General Assembly designated it to observe the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
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