World Refugee Day

June 20, 2020

Everyone can make a difference. Every action counts.

This year, World Refugee Day is marked in a different a world – a world impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. During the time of COVID-19, UNHCR is celebrating refugees who are on the frontlines on the pandemic, as well as the hosts and aid workers who support them. The World Refugee Day, help us create a more inclusive world where no one is left behind.

Cities across Canada are embracing refugees and becoming more connected because refugees are here, becoming colleagues, neighbours, and friends. At a time when conflict and persecution is uprooting millions of people worldwide, Canadian cities need to continue their support for refugees.

Please join us today by persuading your city to join with the UN Refugee Agency. Ask your mayor to officially stand with refugees and cities across the world by signing the UNHCR Statement of Solidarity with Refugees. Tell your city you stand #WithRefugees.

Challenge your city to Take A Step with refugees

Tell your city that you stand #WithRefugees.

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Meet the CEO sponsoring and hiring refugees in Guelph, ON

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Victoria, BC city councillor inspired by his refugee past to serve community

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Help newly arrived refugees in your community

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BC residents help Congolese refugees celebrate Christmas

Everyday Heroes: Refugees on the front line of the pandemic

“We kept the vulnerable safe”.

Shadi and his friends from Syria helped many people in their Swiss town by collecting medicine, groceries and more for those who needed help.

“I brought the sick to safety”.

Carmen, a doctor and Venezuelan asylum seeker living in Peru, is working 24-hour shifts to help suspected COVID-19 cases reach the hospital.

Did you know that 2020 marks UNHCR’s 70th anniversary? Help us commemorate seven decades of Canadians standing #WithRefugees.

UNHCR Canada is travelling far and wide to visit refugees who have made Canada their home over the past 70 years. We invite you to watch, read, and cook alongside fellow Canadians and refugees as we learn about their stories, families, favourite home-cooked meals, traditions, and more. 

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Join the conversation: Attend a virtual World Refugee Day event

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Together we are stronger. Give now so we can continue saving lives.

You can take a step too.

Join today and take part in the #StepWithRefugees Global Challenge. Get moving!

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Step 1:

Join the #StepWithRefugees challenge and walk, run, dance, swim 1 km/mile or take any step with refugees.

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Step 2:

Post a photo or video of yourself after you’ve completed the challenge and nominate three friends to take a step further!

See how Canadians are standing #WithRefugees from coast to coast!

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