UNHCR
The Reluctant Shanty

Not all sailors want to go to sea.

Sea shanties are 400 year old genre of folk song, that are more popular than ever on TikTok. So for World Refugee Day, we launched a new kind of shanty to celebrate a new kind of heroic sailor.

The Reluctant Shanty, created in partnership with Australia for UNHCR and Tik Tok sensation Nathan Evans, is the first shanty based on the experiences of refugees who’ve embarked on a dangerous sea crossings to escape persecution and conflict.