Boise welcomes new citizens on World Refugee Day

Statesman staffJune 22, 2013 

Global block party

Meet your new neighbors, hailing from dozens of countries. Enjoy singing, dancing and theatrical performances. Indulge in Somali, Uzbek and Egyptian food. Shop for gifts from refugee vendors selling art and handmade baskets, jewelry, dolls and more. The free event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday on The Grove plaza in conjunction with the Capital City Public Market.

20 nations

In 2012, Boise took in 691 refugees from 20 nations. Most came from Congo, Burma, Bhutan and Iraq.

Citizenship ceremony

At 11 a.m., 20 people from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Laos, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia and Uzbekistan will become American citizens during a special ceremony on The Grove plaza. Mayor Dave Bieter will serve as main speaker.

Boise joins cities around the globe

World Refugee Day, a United Nations initiative since 2001, uses art and performance to educate and spotlight the plight of millions of refugees around the world.

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