What is today known as International or World Refugee Day was first declared as African Refugee Day by the African Union. Africa hosts the most refugees in the world and in 2001 the African Union and UN agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with the June 20th Africa Refugee Day.
Minnesota is home to many large refugee populations and has the highest proportion of refugees compared to immigrants in the US. Minnesota has the largest Somali population, 2nd largest Hmong population, one of the largest Liberian populations and pretty decent sized East African populations. In fact, the fastest growing group of immigrants in MN are from Africa. If you’d like to read more stats check out the state demographer’s center or the office of refugee resettlement website.
You can celebrate the Twin Cities diversity by at the 3rd annual Twin Cities World Refugee event at Minnehaha Park. Here’s a snap shot of the schedule.
Saturday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Immigrant resource fair and global cultural displays
12-3 p.m. – Diverse music and dance performances
3 p.m. – Main program, featuring speakers from six prominent refugee communities, spoken word and break dancing
4:30 p.m. – Live music by Marimba Africa
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