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Refugee Emojis


There are 60 million refugees around the world - real people like you and me.

The Refugee Emojis Keyboard offers a common language for people to understand the global refugee crisis and connect around ways to help refugees worldwide.


Refugees are #RealPeople

Download the keyboard and use your favorite new emojis to support refugees.


Real People

These emojis show Refugees are #RealPeople. After being forced to flee their homes because of violence, conflict and persecution, they found new hope. By visualizing their inspirational stories as emojis we offer a common language for the refugee crisis - a way for us all to connect and begin to understand that refugees are like you and me.

Minear & Khoula
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Refugees are #RealPeople…


Use these emojis to help raise awareness and become engaged in efforts to address the global refugee crisis.

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For Kids

These emojis remind us that over 50% of refugees around the world are children under the age of 18.

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Empowering Women

Emojis that stand for equal rights and giving women a voice.

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Life Savers

These emojis represent the most essential items to refugees when away from home.

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The Refugee Crisis

There are almost 60 million displaced people worldwide, fleeing from conflicts in countries ranging from South Sudan to Ukraine. Now in its fifth year, Syria’s civil war has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Millions of Syrian have been killed or forced to flee their homes.

Families are struggling to survive inside Syria or make a new home in neighboring countries. Others are risking their lives on the way to Europe, hoping to find safety and acceptance. The onset of harsh winter weather makes life as a refugee even more difficult. At times, the effects of the conflict can seem overwhelming.

Together we can still help. By using these emojis as a common language that can unite us all in conversation about the refugee crisis, you show that you stand with refugees around the world.

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From life-saving aid to help with shelter, health, water, education and more, the humanitarian partners cover the needs of refugees.

They protect the rights and well-being of refugees. They strive to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

© UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis


As refugee families continue to flee war and persecution at staggering rates, a bitter winter is fast approaching. This winter will bring further misery to families already struggling to survive in incredibly harsh conditions, with many lacking basic winter household items. UNHCR is working around the clock with other agencies and aid groups, stockpiling and distributing winter aid items to keep vulnerable people, both in camps and urban settings, protected and warm.

You can help make a difference.

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Days of her life

16-year-old Nageen Mustafa fled Syria in a wheelchair.

After spending several days in a Slovenian holding camp, Noujain and her sister finally arrived in Germany and were reunited with their older brother.

Her positive view on the future made it all the way to HBO, where she was featured on Last Week Tonight hosted by John Oliver.


Soccer for hope

Osama Abdul Mohsen was a soccer coach for al-Fotuwa in Syria, before the civil war forced his family to flee.

After making headlines in Germany, his story reached Cenafe, a Spanish academy dedicated to training soccer coaches. The academy offered to help bring the Mohsen family to Spain.

Osama is now rebuilding his career as a soccer coach, living in Spain with his two sons.


Austrian at heart

On his first day in Austria, Muhammad practiced German for 17 hours a day, committing himself to learning the language.

Seven months later, at the hearing to determined his status, Muhammad asked to do the interview in German. The judge couldn’t believe what he was hearing and said, “Muhammad, you are now an Austrian!”


Minear & Khoula,
The WhatsApp wedding

A young Syrian refugee couple met, fell in love and got engaged via WhatsApp.

That’s the story of Minear, 30, and Khoula, 21, who proved to the world that love has no borders.


Freedom of speech

Subhi is a gay Syrian refugee who endured unspeakable violence and threats of persecution in his home for years, and was forced to flee.

In 2014, he fled to Lebanon, and then to Turkey, where death threats followed him. He soon found an organization that supports LGBTI refugees, which helped him with his resettlement to the US in 2015.

Subhi now works for this same organization to continue helping other LGBTI refugees with asylum and resettlement.


A family on the move

When fighting erupted in 2012 in Kormaganza, a village in Sudan, 80-year-old Dawa Musa’s family was forced to flee across the border to South Sudan. Dawa was too frail to make the journey by foot, so her son Awad had to carry his elderly mother, while traveling with his wife and nine children, for what amounted to more than 15 grueling days in search of safety.

UNHCR transported the family to Jamam refugee camp in South Sudan, and finally to Gendrassa camp, where Awad planned to begin farming.


Looking for Hany

In 2012, the Al Moliya family fled their home in the western Syrian city of Homs. Despite his blindness, Hany has always loved taking photographs as a way for him to escape conflict and chaos in every day life.


Music for peace

In 2011, Alaa, now 29, fled the war in Syria to Lebanon carrying only his violin and a few belongings.

Over the last few months he has performed live concerts and even recorded his own album.