Join Welcoming Week events promoting inclusion for all communities

September 9, 2022

The City of Minneapolis is celebrating Welcoming Week Sept. 9-18. Welcoming Week is a nationwide celebration that brings together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents to foster a sense of community. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Welcoming Week celebrations across the country, and this year’s theme is Where We Belong.

This year’s Where We Belong theme encourages individual reflection on how and why belonging occurs and ways to break barriers so that places can foster belonging for all, including immigrants and refugees.

As a Welcoming City, the City of Minneapolis hosts annual events in recognition of Welcoming Week to welcome new residents to the city and, because Citizenship Day always takes place during Welcoming Week, share information about how to become a United States citizen and the importance of acquiring United States citizenship.

The City’s Welcoming Week webpage holds this year’s calendar of events for Welcoming Week and beyond including:

  • A special edition of the Twin Cities Immigration Forum with special guests and an opportunity to learn more about local initiatives for including immigrants and refugees.
    4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
    Click here to join the meeting.
  • An in-person citizenship orientation event. Attendees can learn about how to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization and the benefits of U.S. citizenship.
    10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 17
    Arlington Hills Library and Recreation Center, 1200 Payne Ave., Saint Paul
  • A virtual forum on renting to refugees and evacuees with refugee resettlement organizations, cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul representatives, property owners and community leaders.
    10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23
    Registration is online.

For more information, visit the City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs webpage or reach out to oira@minneapolismn.gov.

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