27 refugees to become U.S. citizens in Jacksonville

Published On: Jun 20 2014 08:47:32 AM EDT

27 refugees will become U.S. citizens in a ceremony commemorating World Refugee Day.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer the Oath of Allegiance to thecandidates who will become America’s newest citizens during a World Refugee Day event at the Main Library on Friday, June 20.

Organizers say the candidates hail from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Iraq, Russia, Sudan and the Soviet Union.

World Refugee Day is celebrated “to draw attention to the plight of millions of people uprooted by conflict and persecution,” according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. USCIS provides the humanitarian benefit of refugee resettlement to individuals who need protection.

The event will take start at 11:00 a.m. The address for the main downtown library is 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The public is welcome to attend.


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