11 Celebrities Who Have Refugee Parents

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2. M.I.A.

M.I.A. at Vulture Festival Presents MIA + Solange at Webster Hall

The rapper’s father fought with separatist rebels in Sri Lanka. M.I.A. was born in Sri Lanka, but her family would go back-and-forth between the island and India. Due to Sri Lanka’s war her family migrated, but it wasn’t easy to leave. “They would stop the bus and take all the men off the bus,” she said on NPR. “And we never saw them again.” Since then, the rapper has been outspoken about the refugee crisis.

3. Andy García

Andy Garcia

The actor’s father helped get him and the rest of his family out of Cuba. “I left Cuba when I was 5 1/2, and I remember everything,” he said according to News Max. “Conditions became progressively worse for us. The government took our land. Money that was in the bank was taken, too. The state passed a law and parents lost their rights to their own children.” After the Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961, his parents made the decision to leave Cuba. While the rest of his family left, his father stayed behind, but followed a month later.

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