Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Refugees

Feb 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm |

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

It’s so easy to hear about a refugee crisis in one part of the world or another and assume it has no impact on your day-to-day life.

The fact of the matter is that there are refugees all around us, in some form or another. It’s easy to tell yourself that these are merely disenfranchised people or poor vagrants from small countries, but anybody could become a refugee at any time if they’re no longer safe in their home country, regardless of status and position.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released a report in early 2015, stating we’ve reached an all-time high of refugees crises, with more than 60 million internally displaced people around the globe. This is the highest number of refugees the world has seen since World War II, and even this new statistic comes from before the crisis in Syria worsened to its current state.

Emma Lazarus’s engraving on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor,” which is the image we have of most internally displaced people. You might just be surprised, however, to see which of the world’s biggest stars and most influential minds were refugees, too.

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Think you don’t know any refugees? Think again.

Learn about these refugees and their rise to fame.