From art to policies, traditions to dreams, refugees are shaping the future in ordinary—and extraordinary—ways.

This World Refugee Day, test your knowledge and learn more about the incredible ways refugees shape the world around us. Take the quiz below - some of the answers might surprise you!

Which Academy Award-winning best supporting actor started their speech with these words: “My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp, and somehow I ended up here, on Hollywood’s biggest stage”?
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Javier Bardem
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Ke Huy Quan

Ke Huy Quan, 2023’s best supporting actor Oscar winner for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” was born in Vietnam in 1971. Seven years later, his parents decided to flee in the middle of the night to escape oppression and hardship after the Vietnam War, as almost two million other Vietnamese also risked their lives to do. Quan then lived in a refugee camp in Hong Kong until the U.S. granted his entire family political asylum. In Los Angeles, California, Quan reunited with his entire family under the Vietnamese refugee resettlement program.

Which beloved fictional detective was also a refugee?
  • Sherlock Holmes, created by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Nancy Drew, created by Carolyn Keene and Edward Stratemeyer
  • Hercule Poirot, created by Agatha Christie
  • Batman, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

Hercule Poirot became the world’s most famous detective after Agatha Christie found inspiration for him in her small, seaside town in Devon, England, where many Belgians sought refuge during the First World War. Now, over 100 years old, Belgian refugee Poirot appeared in 33 novels, three plays and 69 short stories.

This famous hip-hop artist used his music to process his refugee experience and produced the album “The Dusty Foot Philosopher” that went on to win the Juno Award for best rap recording.
  • Nas
  • Bad Bunny
  • Future
  • K’naan

K’naan, the Somali-born Canadian hip-hop artist, grew up in Mogadishu. When civil war broke out in 1991, he fled with his family first to New York City where he reconnected with his father, and then to a Somali immigrant community in Toronto. As a teenager, K’naan used his music to help him process what he experienced in Mogadishu. His album “The Dusty Foot Philosopher” won the Juno Award for best rap recording in 2006.


This famous psychoanalyst’s grandson went on to become one of the finest painters of the 20th century after moving to London to escape the rise of Nazism. Who is it?
  • Barnett Newman
  • Lucien Freud
  • Otto Freundlich
  • Marc Chagall

Lucien Freud was born in Berlin, to Ernst Freud, the youngest son of the psychoanalyst Sigmund, and Lucie Brasch. His parents moved to England in 1933 when he was 11, fearing Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jewish people. In 1939, Lucien Freud became a British citizen and went on to become one of the finest painters of the 20th century.

During World War II, the Vichy government banned the writings of which famous French writer and poet who led the surrealist movement?
  • André Breton
  • Marcel Proust
  • Albert Camus
  • Anatole France

André Breton was the co-founder, leader, and principal theorist of surrealism. He was born in 1896 in a small town of Normandy, France. During World War II, the Vichy government banned his writings as “the very negation of the national revolution.” He then escaped with the help of Varian Fry and Hiram Bingham IV to the United States and the Caribbean in 1941. He emigrated to New York City where he went on to organise a groundbreaking surrealist exhibition at Yale University. You can learn more about André Breton’s journey to the United States by watching “Transatlantic” on Netflix!


This British singer-songwriter, who was also a refugee, became famous for leading a rock band with a hit song called “We Are the Champions?”
  • Ray Davies
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Morrissey

Freddie Mercury, the British singer-songwriter who achieved worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of Queen, wasn’t always Freddie Mercury. He was once Farrokh Bulsara. Born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi-Indian parents, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964 to find safety in the UK.


Which famous composer and pianist was told he was no longer welcome back in his home country after he attempted to use his music to plan an insurrection against the Russians?
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin was a Polish composer and pianist whose brilliance as a pianist started when he was just a child. As a student, he and his friends planned an insurrection against the Russians. His role was to give voice to Poland’s struggle abroad through his music during the uprising. After leaving Warsaw for Vienna, fighting broke out, and Chopin was notified that he was no longer welcome back in Poland.