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20 Famous People Who Were Refugees

Imagine a world without the work of physicist Albert Einstein, psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, painter Marc Chagall, author Joseph Conrad, filmmaker Billy Wilder or singer Freddie Mercury. Something they all had in common was that they had been refugees. Refugees have made their mark in all areas of society and have contributed to their adopted countries in many ways. For instance, both the 26th and 27th Governor General of Canada were refugees: Adrienne Clarkson was a toddler when her family fled the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in 1941 and Michaëlle Jean was 11 when she came to Canada in 1968, along with her mother and sister, to join their father, who had fled Haiti the year before. In celebration of World Refugee Day on June 20, here are some surprising famous people who were refugees too.

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