Building Awareness

The Office organises initiatives, events and media engagement aimed at promoting integration and raising awareness of the issues affecting refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons in Ireland and internationally. We also regularly meet with refugees, asylum seekers, NGOs and organisations involved in the asylum process and the field of integration to listen to, understand and respond to their concerns.

Media Relations

UNHCR Ireland maintains a dialogue with all forms of media in Ireland, and not only covers issues of relevance to asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland, but also profiles international issues and work done by UNHCR in countries across the world. We supply the media with accurate and reliable information coupled with our unique insight based on our refugee protection mandate and role as one of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies.

For any media queries, please contact Jody Clarke on 01-6314614 or on

If you would like to learn more about the terminology of writing about refugee and asylum issues please view: Reporting on Refugees - Guidance by and from Journalists


Every year, UNHCR holds several special events to raise awareness about the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless people and those who are dedicated to helping them. Our events include:

World Refugee Day

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20th. People all around the world take time to recognise the experience and contribution of refugees, asylum seekers and other forcibly displaced people throughout the world. The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of events in more than 100 countries worldwide, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves.

See our programme of events for World Refugee Day 2012 here.

The Annual UNHCR/SARI Fair Play Football Cup

Since 2010 UNHCR Ireland and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) have held the annual Fair Play Football Cup in mid-June. The family friendly soccer tournament is held in Dublin's Law Society gardens and celebrates the contribution that refugees in Ireland and across the world have made and continue to make to sport. The fourth annual Fair Play Football Cup took place on Sunday, 16th June 2013, and was one of many events and outreach activities conducted by UNHCR Ireland to mark World Refugee Day 2013.

Click here to learn more about our previous FPFC events.

do 1 thing

First run in October 2011, the do 1 thing campaign aims to generate interest and understanding of the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers by celebrating refugee achievements, raising awareness and reaching out. UNHCR Ireland ran the campaign in June 2012 for the two weeks around World Refugee Day by asking people to take small simple actions. This action could be participating in one of our events, learning a few facts about refugees and asylum seekers, reading a book or watching a movie about refugees like The Kite Runner or Casablanca, or finding out how to say a few words in another language. We also asked people to publicise the 1 thing that they have done by telling their friends about it on Facebook, Twitter, email, blogs, newsletters, etc.

Read more about the 2012 campaign here.

2011: Stories of Survival and Safe Haven Exhibition

On World Refugee Day 2011, UNHCR Ireland launched a photo exhibition in The chq Building, Dublin 1. The exhibition, entitled "60 Years – Stories of Survival and Safe Haven", featured portraits of eleven refugees who came to Ireland over the past six decades. 

If you are interested in showing the exhibition in your town please contact our external relations team.

Click here to read more about the exhibition.

60th Anniversary of UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

In 2011, UNHCR marked the 60th anniversary of both the organisation and the adoption of the 1951 UN Convention Relating to Refugees and the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Events were held around the world to highlight issues affecting refugees, IDP’s and stateless people. Significantly, UNHCR organized a highly successful ministerial meeting in Geneva on December 7-8, 2011. The landmark gathering was attended by representatives of 155 UN member states, including 72 ministers.

Click here to find out about how UNHCR Ireland celebrated this very significant anniversary.

Other Events

UNHCR Ireland participated in the Electric Picnic festival and in the Africa Day celebrations in 2009 & 2010.

Click here to find out about how UNHCR Ireland played our part at EP 2010.

Click here to see how we celebrated Africa Day in 2010.


We supply a wide range of educational resources for all ages. These are available on request and include posters, lesson plans, videos and DVDs. Key facts booklets and magazines for young people are also available, all aimed at providing information on the reality of life as a refugee, asylum seeker, internally displaced person or stateless person. UNHCR staff often give talks and presentations to university students on a variety of issues. 

Please contact the External Relations unit for more information.

To read more about our educational resources, click here.

Social Media

We are on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and we welcome you sharing stories, asking questions, and hope these platforms offer you the opportunity to receive news and notices about UNHCR Ireland's latest activities and news.
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