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Outstanding refugee awards

Do you know someone who is making Minnesota a better place for everyone? Are they an immigrant who came here as a refugee? Help recognize the contributions they make by nominating them for an Outstanding Refugee Award.

Nominate an individual for the award

Nominate individuals in one of four categories: new arrival, entrepreneurship, civic engagement and youth leadership. If nominating more than one person, fill out one form for each separate nomination. Selected individuals will be recognized and presented with a plaque at a ceremony in June 2020 as part of Refugee Recognition Month. Nominations are due by Feb. 28, 2020. 

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The Resettlement Programs Office of the Minnesota Department of Human Services celebrates the strength, courage and resilience of all people in the state. We recognize that there are many Minnesotans with a refugee experience who are making a positive contribution in Minnesota. Every year we honor local leaders and citizens with Outstanding Refugee Awards to recognize former refugees who are making Minnesota a better place for all of us.  

People from all over the world call Minnesota home. Refugees are people who have experienced persecution, whose lives were in danger where their country was no longer safe for them. People who arrive in the United States through the refugee program come from different backgrounds and experiences, but they have in common a strong desire to build a safe, new life for their families. They are people who are highly motivated to work, to contribute, and, in many cases, to give back in service and volunteerism to help others in their new adopted home. Learn more about refugee programs in Minnesota.

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