From next season, the UNHCR logo (ACNUR in Spanish) will appear on the back of the emblematic shirts of the famous Spanish club, both for the men’s and women’s flagship team as well as the team of the Barça Genuine Foundation. This flocked logo under the number of each player will raise awareness of the situation of millions of refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world.
In addition, the Foundation will make an annual contribution of €400,000 which will finance four UNHCR projects on four continents (€100,000 per project). There will also be a separate donation (valued by the club at €100,000 per season) of FC Barcelona sports equipment, as well as the technical expertise of sports specialists from the FC Barcelona Foundation.
Over 84 million forcibly displaced people worldwide
Around 84 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, according to a mid-2021 tally by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
According to the UN agency, this figure has only increased with the subsequent displacements noted in Afghanistan, but also currently in Ukraine and in other crises. FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta has therefore underlined the club’s willingness to respond to the growing number and complexity of refugee crises.
UNHCR has highlighted the power of sport to help forcibly displaced people – and the local communities hosting them – rebuild their lives. For its part, FC Barcelona, through its Foundation, has been collaborating with the UNHCR since 2009 in the framework of various initiatives and programs aimed at people forced to flee.
The Catalan Club Foundation has thus developed several of its own programs in refugee camps in Greece and Lebanon, but also for unaccompanied children in Italy and Spain.
In 2019, the FC Barcelona Foundation joined the Sport for Refugees Coalition, created during the UNHCR Global Refugee Forum, where it is committed to increasing availability and access to organized sports and sport-based initiatives. for refugees and host communities.