Representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services swore in 30 local immigrants as naturalized U.S. citizens Wednesday morning as part of World Refugee Day.
The special naturalization ceremony took place at the USCIS Portland field office on Northwest Overton Street at 10 a.m.
The 30 immigrants came to the U.S. as refugees from 11 different countries. They were sworn in as citizens by USCIS Field Office Director Evelyn Sahli.
The United Nations established World Refugee Day in 2001 to coincide with the Organization of African Unity's International Refugee Day and Africa Refugee Day, which both fall on June 20.
World Refugee Day was created to bring attention to the plight of approximately 14 million refugees around the world.
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