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Nine refugees earn awards for strengthening Minnesota

6/28/2019 12:49:11 PM

Launching businesses, mentoring students, fighting for health equity – these are just some of the contributions that this year’s Outstanding Refugee Award winners are bringing to Minnesota.

At an event during Refugee Recognition Month this June, DHS honored nine individuals who came to the United States as refugees and have since made a “tremendous addition” to the state, according to Commissioner Tony Lourey. Children and Family Services Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lisa Bayley and State Refugee Coordinator Rachele King joined Lourey in presenting the awards for civic engagement, entrepreneurship and youth leadership.

“Your success is part of our Minnesota fabric,” Lourey told the award winners during the ceremony, which was held at the department’s offices in St. Paul.

DHS created the Outstanding Refugee Awards to celebrate the courage, resilience and entrepreneurship of refugees, and recognize their contributions to Minnesota. Learn about each of the award winners and why they were selected in a department news release.

In 2018, Minnesota welcomed 663 refugees from 22 countries. Through May of 2019, Minnesota had welcomed 179 refugees from 10 countries.

To learn more about how the department supports refugee resettlement, view the department’s refugee resettlement programs fact sheet (PDF). To learn how you can support refugees in your community, view the department’s “Action and involvement with refugees” information sheet (PDF).


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