CALGARY, AB (June 20, 2016): Dr. David Swann released the following statement to mark World Refugee Day:
“Today is World Refugee Day. On this day we recognize the strength, courage, and perseverance of refugees around the world, and remember our responsibility to defend the universal human right of security of the person and freedom from fear.
“Canada has always been a welcome refuge for those fleeing war, famine and strife. From Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, to Ukrainians fleeing the Communist regime, to Syrians today fleeing war in the Middle East, Canada has continued to embrace those in need.
“Refugees want the same things we do: safety, community, and a future for their children. By opening our doors and welcoming them into our society, we give them the opportunity to build a better life not only for themselves, but for all of us.”