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8 Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Refugees

We also remember the outstanding and important contributions they've made to our world, shaping our societies and leaving enduring impressions on our communities.

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Around 71 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide (per UNHCR). This figure is up 2.3 million from last year and double that of 20 years ago. Of these 71 million people, 26 million are refugees. We also remember the outstanding and important contributions they’ve made to our world, shaping our societies and leaving enduring impressions on our communities. Many have even attained celebrity status, garnering fans, popularity and admiration to become the public figures we hear about today. Here are some famous faces you didn’t realize had beginnings as refugees:

Rita Ora

The Anywheresinger fled Kosovo with her family as a baby and came to the UK.

Source: News1130

Mila Kunis

The Black Swan actress was seven years old when she fled Ukraine with her family for the US.

Source: People

Halima Aden

Source: Vogue

The trailblazing model was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, after her mother made the journey from her homeland of Somalia. At age seven, she moved to the US. Last year, she returned to Kenya to visit the refugee camp in which she grew up.

Freddie Mercury

Source: PopSugar

Queens lead vocalist fled Zanzibar with his family at age 18 and settled in the UK.

Iman

Source: InStyle

The supermodel and fashion icon fled her homeland of Somalia to study in Kenya before eventually moving to New York to pursue her career.

M.I.A.

Source: Wikipedia

At nine years old, the singer-rapper fled Sri Lanka with her family and moved to the UK.

Mika

Source: Pinterest

The singer fled Beirut for London during Lebanon’s civil war and has since returned to visit refugee camps in his homeland with UNHCR.

Gloria Estefan

Source: Time Magazine

Following the Cuban Revolution, the award-winning singer fled Cuba as a toddler and settled in the US with her family.

Source: Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

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