Statement by Ambassador Schapiro on the Occasion of World Refugee Day

Syrian refugees (© AP Images)

Prague, June 20 – World Refugee Day is a time when we reflect on the millions of men, women, and children around the world who have been displaced from their homes because of hardship. Today, we honor their resilience, their courage, and the dedication of those who come to their aid. As a child of a refugee, I know firsthand the immense importance of opening our doors and our hearts to those in need. Today, the world faces a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions. And while the humanitarian concerns of the refugee crisis are serious, so are addressing the legitimate security concerns. We, with our European allies and friends, share the concern that too many migrants and refugees are taking very dangerous journeys to get to a better life. We pledge to continue to work together with those countries like the Czech Republic that are trying to ensure that bona fide refugees and asylum seekers can get to safety and away from life-threatening situations, for a chance at a brighter future.

U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew H. Schapiro