TUCSON –Twelve young people from around world received their certificate of citizenship Saturday in Tucson. The event took place at Catalina High School.
"Last year we resettled about 1,300 total refugees in Tucson," said Jeffery Cornish, Executive Director of IRN.
The children had at least one parent who became a U.S. citizen, which granted them citizenship.
The children, many of who are refugees, came to the U.S. from Equatorial Guinea, Russia, China, Iraq, and the Ivory Coast.
"I remember walking from Ivory Coast to Liberia, because of the war,” said Grulee Sonkarlay. “We didn't have transport and we need to walk from one country to another, it was a long walk."
This event comes ahead of World Refugee Day, June 20, when it’s recognized that 21 million people worldwide have fled their homes in fear of persecution.