WHEREAS, over 65 million people around the world 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 place of welcome, 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 innumerable 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;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2018 as World Refugee Day in Michigan.