Today is world refugee day, and Anna Crosslin with the International Institute says it takes on extra significance this year.

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International Institute Celebrates World Refugee Day

June 20, 2018 - 8:03 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Today is world refugee day, and Anna Crosslin with the International Institute says it takes on extra significance this year.

“At this point, there are nearly 65 million refugees and displaced people around the world. It takes on more significance now around the world because this is in fact the largest number of refugees and displaced people since World War 2,” she says.

Crosslin says refugees have become part of the polarization in politics. As late as fall 2016, Crosslin considered it a bipartisan issue in congress, but no longer. She says today we think about not just the refugees here in the St. Louis area that’ve been traumatized and may have loved ones still stuck in war zones, but we think about refugees around the world.

World Refugee Day actually kicked off last night at IKEA, whose connection is making furniture for refugee camps around the world. The International Institute starts the morning with an interactive refugee experience over bagels and coffee at 8. This afternoon at 4, it's "Walk with Refugees" from the institute to Rooster on South Grand, which is holding a fundraiser. She says it's a silent walk that won't block traffic, and encourages marchers to wear UN blue. Tomorrow night will be a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, "Last Men in Aleppo."