On World Refugee Day this year, we think of the 71 million people 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 day-to-day. Here are some famous faces you didn’t realise had beginnings as refugees...
1. Rita Ora
The Anywhere singer fled Kosovo with her family as a baby and came to the UK.
2. Mila Kunis
The Black Swan actress was seven years old when she fled Ukraine with her family for the US.
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.
4. Freddie Mercury
Queen's lead vocalist fled Zanzibar with his family at age 18 and settled in the UK.
The supermodel and fashion icon fled her homeland of Somalia to study in Kenya, before eventually moving to New York to pursue her career.
At nine years old, the singer-rapper fled Sri Lanka with her family and moved to the UK.
8. Gloria Estefan
Following the Cuban Revolution, the award-winning singer fled Cuba as a toddler and settled in the US with her family.