June 20, 2018: World Refugee Day

WHEREAS, over 65 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution, resulting in the worst refugee crisis in history; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is recognized as a place of welcome, and has offered hope and safety to tens of thousands of refugees since World War II; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to many resettlement agencies and organizations serving refugees, along with numerous businesses, educational institutions, faith communities and civic organizations supporting refugees; and,

WHEREAS, refugees have made innumerable social, cultural, religious and economic contributions to communities throughout Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, we encourage Michigan residents to recognize the great strength, perseverance and accomplishments of their New American neighbors, and reflect on the severity of the global refugee crisis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2018 as World Refugee Day in Michigan.