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June 20 - World Refugee Day

Celebrating refugees' courage, determination, and hopes for a better future

Posted: Friday 17th June 2011 11:59

On June 20, World Refugee Day, the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada invites all Islanders to imagine the life of a refugee. Imagine knocking on a stranger's door hoping to find shelter from a war torn country. Escaping from threats of imprisonment or threats on your family's life. Having to leave your home to protect your children from persistent danger and instability.

Refugees flee their country not for economic gain, but to escape extreme persecution. They need a safe haven where they can recover from mental and physical trauma and focus on a better future, but often they are met with intolerance, mistrust, and open hostility.

"Refugees arrive in Canada with only their courage and determination to begin a new life in a new country. Their resilience, skills, unique perspectives, and drive to overcome adversity, contribute to the strength of our community, and make the Island a more diverse and vibrant place for all of us to experience," says Craig Mackie, PEI ANC Executive Director.

Prince Edward Island helps to settle approximately 70 to 80 refugees each year, including people from Bhutan, Somalia, Columbia, Burma/Myanmar, Congo, and Afghanistan.

Find More Information about Refugees and the World Refugee Day

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Check out UNHCR resources online:

UNHCR World Refugee Day website
Events in Canada
Resources for teachers and parents

Games like 'Against All Odds' sensitize players to the notions of difference, and the importance of welcoming the new people they meet.
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Famous movie actress Angelina Jolie is UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador. Watch her message for World refugee Day 2011.

For more information contact:

Dani MacDonald

Dani MacDonald
Information Officer

(902) 628-6009 ext. 229