British actor Douglas Booth has been supporting UNHCR since 2015, most recently travelling to Sicily, Italy to meet with survivors of the treacherous Mediterranean sea crossing as well as families resettled through safe and legal pathways. Whilst there he also judged an uplifting and inspiring refugee talent competition held in Catania’s main square.
In 2016 Douglas visited our frontline work in Kurdistan Region – Iraq. In newly built camps he met with Iraqi families who had recently been forced to flee Mosul. In Erbil he met Syrian refugees and heard about the challenges of trying to survive and thrive in a new country having lost everything because of the conflict in Syria. Douglas posted photos and stories from his time in Iraq on Instagram, and also spoke about his experiences on various media and digital platforms, including the BBC.
Previously Douglas has travelled with UNHCR to the Greek island of Lesvos to meet refugees who made the perilous journey across the Aegean to seek safety in Europe.
Douglas has highlighted the work of UNHCR in extensive media interviews and has helped shine a spotlight on the global refugee crisis via his social media channels. Douglas has supported key UNHCR fundraising events and campaigns including World Refugee Day, the iBelong campaign to end statelessness, and the Nansen Refugee Award.
In addition he has featured in film projects, including 'Words Matter’- highlighting the important difference between refugees and migrants and the different protection they are entitled to under international law - and 'What They Took With Them' alongside fellow actors Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg, Juliet Stevenson, and writer Neil Gaiman.