Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, around the world, over 70 million people 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 welcoming state 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 numerous 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; and,
WHEREAS, we recognize this moment of great global need and Michigan's ability and desire to welcome more refugees, and we invite a more robust national response;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2021, as World Refugee Day in Michigan.