Orange Ribbon Campaign - Celebrating Refugees: Ricardo Miranda

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in 2016 Canada admitted the largest number of refugees in a single year in nearly four decades.

The resettlement of 46,700 refugees in 2016 marks a tremendous achievement and a record for Canada since 1978, when the Immigration Act came into effect.

The record number includes both privately-and government-sponsored refugees. According to the UNHCR, the top five countries of origin in 2016 for refugees were Syria at 33,266; Eritrea at 3,934; Iraq at 1,650; at Congo at 1,644 and Afghanistan at 1,354.

The Liberal government’s pledge to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 – and thousands more since – has become one of Canada’s largest resettlement efforts in our nation's history. The previous record for refugee intake in a single year was set in 1980, when Canada accepted 40,271 people during the resettlement of Indochinese refugees.

As a part of our Orange Ribbon Campaign, we will be highlighting some of Canada's most well known refugees throughout the month and this takes us to the Honourable Ricardo Miranda. In 1988 Nicaragua was a disaster zone, ravaged by civil war and the onslaught of Hurricane Hugo. It was at this time the Miranda and his family arrived in Canada as refugees. Miranda was just 9 years old. 30 years later Miranda ran for and became MLA for Calgary-Cross.  Not long after he was appointed to the provincial cabinet becoming Alberta’s Minister Culture and Tourism. When Miranda took charge of Alberta’s Culture & Tourism Department he made further history, becoming the first openly gay cabinet minister in the province’s 112 year history.

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