June is Immigrant Heritage Month

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Immigrant Heritage Month (formerly Refugee Awareness Month) takes place in the month of June with World Refugee Day taking place on June 20th.  World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength, and determination of men, women, and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence.  This annual celebration recognizes the hard-working network of refugee resettlement agencies in our state and highlights the remarkable achievements of refugees throughout California.

Along with World Refugee Day, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) is also celebrating “Immigrant Heritage Month."

Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed the month of June to honor and celebrate the contributions of courageous immigrants and refugees who left their homes, lives, and loved ones to seek refuge and opportunity in the United States.  California is called home for more immigrants than any other state in the country.  We continue to embrace and celebrate the contributions made by our immigrant and refugee communities and acknowledge them as critical assets to the success of our state and economy.

Below is the calendar of events and activities to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day in the month of June.

Events in California

Occidental World Music & Dance Day – Occidental, CA
  • Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Occidental World Music & Dance Day 2023 flyer

World Refugee & immigrant Day Festival – Oakland, CA
  • Saturday, June 17th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Oakland World Refugee & Immigration Day Festival 2023 flyer

Lao Food Festival 2023 – San Diego, CA
  • Saturday, June 17th from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm – Get Tickets
  • Sunday, June 18th from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

San Diego Lao Food Festival 2023 flyer

World Refugee Day: Building a Brighter Future - Los Angeles, CA
  • Tuesday, June 20th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Registration 

Los Angeles World Refugee Day 2023 flyer

World Refugee Day – Campbell, CA
  • Friday, June 23rd from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Campbell World Refugee Day 2023 flyer

World Refugee Day Celebration – El Cajon, CA
  • Saturday, June 24th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

El Cajon World Refugee Day 2023 flyer

10th Annual World Refugee Day 2023 – Irvine, CA
Sunday, June 25th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Irvine World Refugee Day 2023 flyer

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Refugee Programs Bureau at RPB@dss.ca.gov or (916) 654-4356.

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