Multicultural Association of Fredericton hosts event to mark World Refugee Day

The UN is urging support and solidarity for the record number of displaced people on this World Refugee Day.

Last year, 65.6 million people were forced from their homes by violence and persecution and UN Secretary-General António Guterres says more people than ever in our lifetimes are fleeing war, disasters and persecution.

Over the past four years, Fredericton has welcomed almost 900 refugees from Bhutan, Burundi, China, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan and Syria.

Bin Zhang, president of Multicultural Association of Fredericton, says New Brunswick's capital is made stronger by the refugees who've made the city their home.

The public is invited to an event at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, located at 28 Saunders Street, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

It's a chance to meet and hear from newcomers in the community who will share their resettlement experiences.

There will also be cultural performances and a photo exhibit by newcomer youth.