All around the world, LGBTIQ+ people face violence and persecution on a daily basis. Currently, 69 countries around the world criminalize same-sex relations and, even in countries where homosexuality is not prosecuted, people with diverse genders or sexual identities can face discrimination, isolation and violence from their community and families. Without a safe place to turn, many are forced to flee and become refugees to find protection.
At UNHCR, we believe nobody should be forced to flee their home for loving who they love or being their true selves. …
In the free e-cookbook “Tastes from Home: Recipes from the Refugee Community,” UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, features the stories and treasured dishes of 14 refugees who now call Canada home.
Memories of time spent with family preparing or enjoying meals played a pivotal role in so many of their stories, as they carried the tradition of the homes they were forced to leave behind, rebuilding their lives in communities across Canada. …
Learn how refugees and displaced communities have been impacted by climate change — and meet those who are working to protect the planet
By Hawa Maiga
While everyone is at risk of the negative effects of a changing climate, its impacts are often felt more intensely by the world’s most vulnerable. This includes displaced and stateless people, whose shelters, sources of food and livelihoods have been affected due to the warming planet.
Along with our partners, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is committed to protecting the environment and relieving the environmental challenges associated with hosting a large population in a…
By Lynn Al Nasser
This Ramadan, as Canada and countries around the world rollout COVID-19 vaccination programs, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, continues its focus on ensuring that forcibly displaced people are included in national vaccination efforts. Life is unpredictable, and every second can bring a new challenge or opportunity. For people around the world, it takes only seconds for a family to lose everything and be forced to search for safety. The threat of COVID-19 has only worsened the troubles of displaced families over the past year–even more so, during Ramadan.
By Hawa Maiga and Hannah Scott
Women and girls face a number of challenges and risks when they are forced to flee their homes. Accessing their human rights should never be one.
At UNHCR Canada, we are inspired by the incredible women who fight for the rights of refugees around the world. Their commitment to those who have been forced to leave everything behind in search of safety is an important contribution in helping change the lives of refugees everywhere. Here are five stories that highlight women who work tirelessly to ensure refugees receive the protection they need.
When historians look back on 2020, they will remember a difficult year — from the COVID-19 pandemic to the devastating Beirut explosion and the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. At a time marked by these and other immense challenges, UNHCR maintained our presence on the ground working with our partners to providing life-saving aid to displaced people and support to host communities. While doing so, we also witnessed some incredible moments of kindness and solidarity.
Join us as we reflect on five moments of love shared between refugees and their host communities, friends, strangers, refugee advocates and more.
It’s been a few weeks since UNHCR Canada, the UN Refugee Agency, published our first ever e-cookbook, “Tastes from Home: Recipes from the Refugee Community”. The outpouring of support we’ve seen from Canadians, advocates and refugees from around the world has been incredible — and the team at UNHCR Canada was honoured to work with all the contributors in the cookbook.
The fourteen refugees who were featured in the cookbook have incredible pasts full of resilience, hope and fear. Their stories are featured in “Tastes from Home”, but there is so much more to these inspiring folks than one page…
Refugees and displaced communities have drastically different experiences: many are displaced inside their countries, others have crossed seas and borders to find safety and some have been resettled in Canada. What unites them are acts of kindness they have exchanged along their journey. Here are five heartwarming stories about refugees, host communities and Canadians embracing the spirit of kindness.
Forty years ago, Father Gauthier, a priest at a church near Edmonton, Alberta asked for volunteers to help sponsor a family of Vietnamese refugees. Though Vicky and Leona were two busy young mothers with children of their own, they didn’t…
When conflict, violence or war forces refugee families from their countries, seniors are at particular risk of abuse and neglect. Already battling mobility issues and chronic illnesses, being a refugee is another burden which only makes them more vulnerable. Despite their struggles, refugee grandmothers and grandfathers go above and beyond to care for their families. Here are five incredible stories of grandparents from around the world looking after their loved ones and newcomers to their communities.
Morato, a 75-year-old painter, spends his days creating murals on the walls of Grandpa’s House, a care centre for seniors in Colombia. The…
Nobody should be forced to flee their home for being who they are or loving who they love. But LGBTQ refugees can — and often do — seek safety and protection because they fear being persecuted based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics. To celebrate the strength and resilience of displaced persons who have sacrificed so much to embrace their true selves, here are five stories about LGBTQ refugees in Canada and beyond.
The UN Refugee Agency in Canada is dedicated to providing life-saving support to refugees, displaced and stateless people.