World Refugee Day

June 20, 2020

Everyone can make a difference. Every action counts.

This year we mark World Refugee Day in a very different world. The coronavirus pandemic that has changed our lives has also created solidarity that transcends borders.

 In the time of COVID, we celebrate refugees who are on the frontlines fighting this pandemic, their hosts and the aid workers supporting them. We have seen everyday heroes from all walks of life step up to join the front lines of this crisis. This World Refugee Day join us in creating 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


Meet the everyday heroes: Refugees who are doing their bit on the pandemic’s front lines

“We kept the vulnerable safe”.

Shadi and his Syrian friends realized that many people in their Swiss town would need support collecting groceries, medicine and connecting with the outside world.

“I brought the sick to safety”.

Carmen is a doctor and Venezuelan asylum seeker living in Peru. She is now on 24-hour shifts with the ambulance service to reach suspected coronavirus cases and bring them to 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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