Canadian Council for Refugees



19 June 2003

Montreal. The Canadian Council for Refugees invites Canadians to celebrate World Refugee Day (June 20) by remembering the contributions of those who came to Canada as refugee children and youth.

"Adapting to life in Canada is not easy for newly arrived young refugees," said Kemi Jacobs, President. "But they are survivors: they have probably already lived through more horrors than most Canadians experience in a lifetime."

Refugee children have fled armed conflict and human rights abuses and they may have lost close family members as well as their home. In flight, refugee children often miss out on schooling and some are victims of sexual abuse and forced conscription.

Those who have come to Canada as refugee children have shown that they can more than repay their new country as contributing members of society. They include Canada's Governor-General, Adrienne Clarkson, who came to Canada as a refugee during the Second World War.

Each year, Canada offers security and a new home to thousands of refugee children. However, there remain some areas where Canada falls short in its treatment of refugee children and youth.

For more information, please contact:

Kemi Jacobs, President (416) 588-6288 (ext. 202)

Janet Dench, Executive Director (514) 277-7223


The Canadian Council for Refugees is a non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of over 175 organizations involved in refugee sponsorship and protection and in newcomer settlement. The CCR serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership.