What is a Refugee? World Refugee Day is Celebrated June 20.

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What is a Refugee?  World Refugee Day is Celebrated June 20.

World Refugee Day - June 20, 2022

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence.  A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. 

1% of the world's population is forcibly displaced! Nearly 80 million people are fleeing conflict, violence and persecution - 26 million among them are refugees!  

What is World Refugee Day?
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

In Regina, RODS (Regina Open Door Society) works with refugees to assist them with settlement and integration into their new country.  RODS will be organizing the Regina 2022 World Refugee Day celebration.  https://rods.sk.ca/events/world-refugee-day/ 

Short video stories from UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR Videos about refugees to Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfB9ktQ0B9k&list=PLkm0Axi_jJ1B9VV00302Fz4Zvl2i9BWBO 

Refugee mentorship helps integration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfB9ktQ0B9k 

Technology connects Somali refugee to Canada's York University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KieBLGNT5Tk 

Meet the homegrown entrepreneur giving hundreds of refugees a fresh start in Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVH2Pjpq_GU 

Somali refugee fulfills university dreams at Canada's York University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxbLkF4H_4k 

Changing the Way You See Refugees: (English and some French videos) 

Refugees are good for Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQQ3kv01oqY; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFD8xxL0QWw&list=PLkm0Axi_jJ1BA8-wZJVeaJ-vF33GUx3oX&index=2 

Mohammed's life-changing journey to Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHuavPIKfLs&list=PLkm0Axi_jJ1BA8-wZJVeaJ-vF33GUx3oX&index=3

Back in Business: a Syrian refugee returns to entrepreneurial roots in Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19SdfRBY_cA&list=PLkm0Axi_jJ1BA8-wZJVeaJ-vF33GUx3oX&index=4

Refugee students find success in Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isb07KwG15o&list=PLkm0Axi_jJ1BA8-wZJVeaJ-vF33GUx3oX&index=5 

Meet Harry Leslie Smith, the World's Oldest Rebel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2MgD9RInVU&list=PLkm0Axi_jJ1BA8-wZJVeaJ-vF33GUx3oX&index=7 

Somali refugee Iqra reunited with family in Hamilton, Ontario: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0jHRrzm4tM&list=PLkm0Axi_jJ1BA8-wZJVeaJ-vF33GUx3oX&index=8