Why does Refugee Week have a theme?
The Refugee Week theme has a number of important functions:
- It raises awareness of the issues affecting refugees. The theme aims to highlight aspects of the refugee experience and help the broader community to understand what it is like to be a refugee.
- It helps to make Refugee Week a national celebration. The theme provides a focal point for events across Australia, uniting separate activities into a single nationwide celebration.
- It promotes harmony and togetherness. The theme unites individuals, communities and organisations from many different backgrounds behind a common cause. The common theme is a reminder that, regardless of our differences, we all share a common humanity.
- It broadens the impact of Refugee Week. The theme provides a common, cohesive message which can be promoted across the country, helping to maximise the effectiveness of awareness-raising activities.
2022 Theme – Healing
Australia and the rest of the world have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit the reset button on how we behave towards one another. The importance of human connections has been underscored by the pandemic and such lessons can help us in so many ways. Mainstream and refugee communities alike can draw upon shared hardship to heal wounds, to learn from each other and to move forward. Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and also through realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals.
In 2022, we encourage organisations and individuals to utilise our website for Refugee Week resources and events that will facilitate this healing and subsequent rejuvenation. Let us make 2022 much more than just a footnote in the pandemic years, let us heal together and emerge a more fulfilled and connected society.
Past Refugee Week themes
- 2021: Unity
- 2020: Year of Welcome
- 2019: A World of Stories
- 2018: #WithRefugees
- 2015-2017: With courage let us all combine
- 2012-2014: Restoring Hope
- 2009-2011: Freedom from Fear
- 2008: A Place to Call Home
- 2007: The Voices of Young Refugees
- 2006: Journeys
- 2005: Different Past, Shared Future
- 2004: A Journey of Understanding Towards Hope and Respect