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For refugees who escape by sea, a spot on a crowded boat can be the only way out. When safety looks like this … imagine what danger looks like.

Refuge Canada

A knock comes on the door in the middle of the night.
You’re taken away because of your religious beliefs.

A bomb shatters your city.
In less than a minute, you lose everything.

The new governing power is anti-homosexual.
Does anyone know about you?

No one wants to be a refugee. Anyone can become one.

Come discover the forces and events that drive people from their homes, and experience their stories of loss, fear, and hope as you join them on their often dangerous journeys to life in a foreign land.

  • Climb in a life raft built for eight—what would it be like with 29 more in it?
  • Take a seat on a plane bound for Gander and hear real refugees talk about why they had to escape.
  • Step into a tent that could be a refugee’s home for weeks, months, or years.

Hear about refugee life from real people who started all over again in Canada, including a Nobel prize winner, world-famous musician, and former governor general.

Learn about Canada’s role in global refugee crises from the Holocaust through the Pinochet era up to present day. No matter what you currently think, prepare to be surprised.

Visit our Refuge Canada video gallery where Dan Conlin, Curator and others share details of the Refuge Canada exhibition. →

An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.