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Feds announce $50.7 million for UN refugee agency on World Refugee Day

The number of people displaced from their home countries is currently the highest it's been since the Second World War.

June 20 marks World Refugee Day, and the federal government took the opportunity to make a major funding announcement today at Ottawa's City Hall.  The federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced $50.7 million of new funding for the United Nations' refugee agency, UNHCR.

Their Canadian representative Furio De Angelis says the announcement is a welcome one for the organization.

"We count on this money because we count on Canada's support," he said. " For tackling this refugee crisis around the world."

De Angelis says the day is one for world leaders to reflect on how they can make things better for the millions of displaced people in the world.

De Angelis says the high number of people that are currently displaced is indicative of the number of conflicts that are happening around the world today.

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