World Refugee Day Welcomes New Americans

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America's reputation as the great melting pot of cultures will be at the heart of the celebration in downtown Boise on Saturday, June 18.

World Refugee Day will mark its 10th anniversary this year with events around the world, including Boise, where more than 1,200 refugees have made their new homes. The Boise event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.—in conjunction with the Capital City Public Market—and will feature music, dance and poetry from our new neighbors. Others will be selling ethnic foods and crafts, as well as talking about issues facing refugees, at roughly 30 booths.

The highlight of the event will begin at 11 a.m., when 31 of the newcomers will become naturalized American citizens, according to the Idaho Office for Refugees.

The event is free and open to the public.