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June 20, 2024: World Refugee Day

WHEREAS, around the world, over 100 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; and,

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

WHEREAS, we encourage Michiganders to recognize the 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, while calling for a more robust national response;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2024, as World Refugee Day in Michigan.