World Refugee Day: USCIS to swear in 15 US citizens

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Iraqis children play outside at a camp for displaced people, in the al-Shurta neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 20, 2015. On World Refugee Day, Saturday, nearly 60 million people are displaced worldwide. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Fifteen Portland area people will be sworn in as U.S. citizens on Thursday in honor of World Refugee Day.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present the naturalization ceremony at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Thursday morning.

The new citizens are from Burma, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iraq, Somalia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m.

World Refugee Day is an international observance that’s dedicated to raising awareness about refugees and their situations throughout the world. According to the United Nations, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.

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