June 20 event to raise awareness of local refugee communities

Join hundreds of metro-area residents to celebrate diversity of our state at the third annual World Refugee Day event at Minnehaha Park on June 20. World Refugee Day 2009, a celebration the many local refugee groups and their journeys to Minnesota, is being hosted by representatives from 17 local organizations that serve refugees.

World Refugee Day 2009
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 20

Minnehaha Park


The event is free and open to the public, with planned children’s activities, multicultural food and craft vendors selling their wares. An immigrant resource fair will also be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. where more than 40 refugee service providers will set up booths to educate visitors and provide information about refugee services. Performers, including musicians, dancers and poets, will take the stage between 12 and 3 p.m. The main program will begin at 3 p.m. with speakers and a concert with headliner Marimba Africa.

Minnesota is home to more than 90,000 refugees, many of them in Minneapolis, including the largest Somali community in the United States and one of the largest Hmong communities outside of Asia. Last year's event drew over 1,500 participants from a diverse array of both refugee and non-refugee communities.

The United Nations General Assembly established June 20 as World Refugee Day in 2000. Since 2001, people all over the world have celebrated World Refugee Day with events that honor the world’s 11.4 million refugees and raise awareness about their continued plight.

June 5, 2009


Published Jun 8, 2009