World Refugee Year (1959-1960) on Stamps

On 05.12.1958, UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency decreed the year 1960 to be the World Refugee Year, encouraging member states to promote permanent solutions for the cause of refugees. Permanent settlement and repatriation solutions were among the desired outcome of this action, as well as appropriate promotion of the actions related to the World Refugee Year. While 60 years later, in 2018, we still struggle to either renounce our ego, or to put the topic of refugees higher up the agenda – we still face the same issues related to refugees, if not to even a larger extent.

Many countries chose to promote the actions related to World Refugee Year by minting stamps. In some cases, we talk about countries which did nothing but mint stamps, unfortunately. Below you will find most of the issues related to the World Refugee Year on stamps.


Afghanistan_026_World_Refugee_Year

Afghanistan_028_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Afghanistan (perforated and imperforated)


 

Argentina_017_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Argentina


Austria_032_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Austria


Belgium_037_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Belgium_036_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Belgium (stamps and sheet)


Bolivia_053_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Bolivia


Brazil_035_World_Refugee_Year

Brazil


Chile_033_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Chile


Costa_Rica_046_World_Refugee_Year

Costa Rica


Dominican_Republic_007_World_Refugee_Year

Dominican_Republic_012_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Dominican Republic (regular and surcharged)


Dutch_New_Guinea_029_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Dutch New Guinea


Ecuador_016_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Ecuador


Ethiopia_023_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Ethiopia (overprint of previously issued stamps)


France_049_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

France


Germany_020_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Federal Germany


Greece_043_World_Refugee_Year

Greece


Guinea_Republic_040_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Republic of Guinea


Haiti_010_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Haiti


Iceland_019_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Iceland


Indonesia_024_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Indonesia


Iran_011_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Iran


Ireland_051_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Ireland (This is one of my favorite designs, because it actually places a harsh reminder to Christians to reflect on one of the iconic images of their faith as an allegory of itinerant refugees).


Israel_042_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Israel


Italy_041_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Italy


Jordan_045_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Jordan


Laos_034_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Laos (overprint of previously issued stamps)


Liban_008_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Liban


Liberia_004_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Liberia_005_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Liberia (stamps and sheet)


Libya_009_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Libia


Luxembourg_018_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Luxembourg


Maroc_015_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Morocco


Netherlands_027_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

The Netherlands


Nicaragua_031_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Nicaragua_030_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Nicaragua


Pakistan_008_World_Refugee_Year

Pakistan


Paraguay_001_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Paraguay_002_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Paraguay


Portugal_052_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Portugal


Somalia_048_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Somalia


Sudan_021_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Sudan


Surinam_047_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Surinam


Sweden_025_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Sweden


Switzerland_013_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Switzerland_032_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Switzerland (United Nations oveprint and local issue)


Taiwan_022_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Taiwan


Tunis_006_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Tunisia


United_Arab_Republic_039_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

United Arab Republic of Yemen


Uruguay_014_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Uruguay


USA_003_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

The United States of America


Vatican_044_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

The Vatican


Vietnam_050_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Vietnam


Yemen_038_World_Refugee_Year.jpg

Yemen


Stamps featured in post: 151; Period: modern era (1958-1959); Pricing: moderate*; Availability: readily available*.

* with the exception of the Belgian sheet, which is high in value and scarcely to be found.

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