Famous people who had to flee their home countries
They found immense success after leaving their home countries under devastating circumstances
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The UN Refugee Agency estimates that there are currently at least 82.4 million forcibly displaced people in the world. It's hard to get your head around a number like that, but it clearly shows that refugees make up a huge part of our society. However, it's all too easy to lose sight of the human beings behind the numbers. Influential figures who were once refugees help put a face to the cause.
Many celebrities and famous figures have been refugees in their lives, and by sharing their stories they help us empathize with the millions of displaced people around the world. Refugees are responsible for some of the greatest music of our time. They have made pioneering advances in the fields of physics, psychology, literature, and art. The world as we know it would not be the same if they had not been given a chance to contribute to society.
Let's take a look at some of the most famous and influential refugees in the world, and learn about their journeys to success. Click through the gallery to get started.
LIFESTYLE Olympic games
TRAVEL United kingdom