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 (perforated and imperforated)
Belgium (stamps and sheet)
Dominican Republic (regular and surcharged)
Dutch New Guinea
Ethiopia (overprint of previously issued stamps)
Republic of Guinea
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).
Laos (overprint of previously issued stamps)
Liberia (stamps and sheet)
Switzerland (United Nations oveprint and local issue)
United Arab Republic of Yemen
The United States of America
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.