Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: June 20, 2002

Statement on World Refugee Day,
June 20, 2002

On World Refugee Day, I commend the determination and bravery of refugees fleeing tyranny in many parts of the world. This year’s celebration focuses upon refugee women. They deserve our special admiration for overcoming the daunting challenges they face every day. Today is also a time to be reminded of the terrible circumstances that drive people from their homelands in search of freedom and safety. America will always stand firm for the nonnegotiable demands of human dignity and the rule of law.

As a country that has seen so many refugees contribute so much to our society, this day has special meaning for Americans. I am proud that we are the largest donor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the world’s leader in accepting refugees for resettlement. Today I reaffirm our commitment to protect and assist refugees, promote their right to seek asylum, and provide opportunities for their resettlement, as needed.

This year in Afghanistan, over a million Afghan refugees are returning home to restart their lives in a country free of Taliban oppression. Americans are proud of our contribution to this progress and will continue to assist in these efforts.

This day we also recognize UNHCR and private voluntary organizations for their courage and tireless work under often extraordinarily difficult conditions. Their efforts bring hope to millions of refugees worldwide.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2002," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 21, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1058-1059 1059. Original Sources, accessed February 23, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=96G2CWY3FPRCIWA.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2002." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 21, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1058-1059, page 1059. Original Sources. 23 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=96G2CWY3FPRCIWA.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2002' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 21, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1058-1059, pp.1059. Original Sources, retrieved 23 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=96G2CWY3FPRCIWA.