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.
UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign invites cities and local authorities who are working to promote inclusion, support refugees and bring communities together to sign a statement of solidarity #WithRefugees.
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.
How refugees are contributing across Canada
Across the country, the stories are the same: refugees welcomed, supported, and contributing to the vibrancy of the cities, which they now call home.
Wondering how you can help newly arrived refugees in your community? From donating clothing to sharing your skills and time, CEO of Danby Appliances, Jim Estill, shares numerous ways you can make a refugee family feel welcome in their new home.
“This country gave me the opportunity to do anything.”
—Sameena Merchant, Calgary AB
Being expelled from her homecountry of Uganda did not prevent Sameena Merchant from becoming a doctor. Instead resettling in Calgary provided her with the opportunity to achieve her childhood dream.
“I did it to honour my sponsors. I wanted to do what they did. Follow in their footsteps.”
—Dr. Nhung Tran, Edmonton AB
“When I started working, everyone knew me. Right away, we were like brothers here.”
– Ahmad Abed, Guelph, ON
Losing everything in Syria was devastating for Ahmad, but with the help of Jim Estill, CEO of Danby appliances, Ahmad’s resettlement in Guelph has given him a way to regain everything he’s lost.
“With the farmer’s market, even though it’s once a week, it helped me a lot with my social life. “
—Rabiaa Al Soufi, Antigonish NS
“Not only Somalis, but Canada will succeed.”
— Osman Ali, Etobicoke ON
“Had I not had a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel, I can only imagine where I would be right now.”
— Amelie Fabian, Montreal QC
Amelie graduated as one of the only female students from high school in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Through a unique program, she was resettled to Montreal and given the opportunity to further her education at McGill University.
“I can’t wait to go to the citizenship ceremony. It will be a big day!”
— Pabi Rizal, Ottawa ON
“Everybody wants a normal life. That’s all I wish for my family too.”
—Kevork Eleyjian, Laval QC
“That’s a big step in my life. I’m considered a Canadian.”
– Hany Al Moulia, Regina Sk
“We have a responsibility as Canadians to make sure we also give back to this great country.”
— Tom Milhalik, Toronto ON
“It was a big honour for me to play on Canada Day…I can’t describe my feelings – it was wonderful.”
— Sari Alesh, Victoria BC
“When I saw their dress – preserving their heritage and their origins – this made me happy”
—Najwa Hussein, Brandon MB