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World Refugee Day June 20 (Jun. 16th, 2009)

The Twin Cities will celebrate World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 20 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

In 2000, as an expression of solidarity with Africa, the United Nations General Assembly established June 20 as World Refugee Day to coincide with Africa Refugee Day. Since 2001, people all over the world have celebrated World Refugee Day with events that honor the world’s nearly 10 million refugees and raise awareness about their continued plight.

More than 88,500 refugees from around the world have made Minnesota their home since 1979, including the largest Somali community in the United States and one of the largest Hmong communities outside of Asia. On June 20, representatives from local refugee-serving organizations will host Twin Cities World Refugee Day 2009, a celebration of the many local refugee groups and their journeys to Minnesota.

The event is free and open to the public. Cultural singers, dancers and other performers will take the stage between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m., when an immigrant resource fair with information from more than Twin Cities organizations will also be open.Throughout the event, visitors will enjoy foods and handicrafts from around the world, an education area and many children’s activities.

Visit www.tcworldrefugeeday.org for more information about the event or see the event flyer. Click here to learn more about Minnesota’s Refugee Health Program.

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