From Far and Wide

From World Refugee Day on June 20, 2020 to Canada Day on July 1, 2020, take up the challenge!

Photo: © UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji

Canada has a proud tradition of welcoming refugees. Between World Refugee Day (June 20) and Canada Day (July 1), UNHCR Canada is celebrating the diverse stories of people who came to Canada #FromFarAndWide in search of safety and shining a light on how they have enriched the fabric of our communities from coast to coast to coast.
It’s simple. Share a photo, a video or a few words about someone who came from afar in search of safety and made Canada their new home. It could be a story about yourself, a neighbour, a colleague or a friend… Post it on your favourite social platform, tag @UNHCRCanada along with the hashtag #FromFarAndWide and challenge someone else to do the same!

Check out these stories #FromFarAndWide across Canada

A woman in a chef's smock poses behind her food stall

Each year, UNHCR releases statistics on the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide, including refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and stateless people. 

The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document that forms the basis of our work. Ratified​ by 145 State parties, it defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced.

Nigerian refugees in Niger, May 12, 2016

UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. Today, over 70 years later, our organization is still hard at work.

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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