Join us for the 2015 Naturalization Ceremony, December 11, 2015 at 11:00am at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. Bear witness to the powerful ceremony as 80 people are sworn in as new Americans! For more information about this event, which is open to the public, please contact Samantha Bremer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 203-336-0141, ext. 110.
Each year on June 20th the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and countless civic groups around the world, pause to observe World Refugee Day. For the last 5 years, IICONN has celebrated by hosting a picnic.
Sunny skies looked down on IICONN’s 5th Annual World Refugee Day Picnic, which was once again held on June 19 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Refugees, IICONN staff, volunteers and the general public enjoyed the light breeze off the ocean, delicious ethnic food prepared by our refugee families, a rousing game of soccer, face-painting and a piñata.
On World Refugee day, we honor the unique strengths of the nearly 17 million refugees worldwide and 51.2 million who have been forcibly displaced—adults, children, youth and families who wait for years or sometimes decades for a place to call home again, or to reunite with loved ones separated by war, violence, persecution, and uncertainty.
We also remember thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who perished in a search for freedom and to keep their memory alive. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the many successes of resettled refugees and asylees worldwide who have made significant contributions and continue to enrich our communities.
In the past year, 60 million people have been driven from their homes by war and persecution. This does not include people who have fled their homes due to poverty or lack of economic opportunity. Half of the 60 million displaced people are children.
It’s also important to remember that refugees we server represent only a small fraction of those living in refugee camps, Only one half of one percent of refugees are repatriated to a third country.
We are privileged to be able to assist these survivors as they begin their new lives.