(CBC News,June 20, 2016) Welcoming Ottawa Week kicked off at city hall Monday morning, as people around the globe marked World Refugee Day.

CBC News asked former refugees and immigrants in attendance, as well as those who work with refugees, what advice they would give to the Canada’s newest arrivals. Here’s some of what they had to say.

Nyamulola Kambanji immigrated from Zambia a little over 10 years ago.

“My advice is to not be afraid to experience and explore other opportunities that are out there for them,” said Kambanji.

“The reality is you are not always able to do the exact same thing that you were doing in a different country … but there are always ways you can use your transferable skills to reinvent yourself.”

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