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Published May 06, 2012, 08:28 PM

Newest Grand Forks Residents Take Part in Community-Refugee Picnic

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The newest residents of Grand Forks had a chance to mingle and meet others in the community at a picnic Sunday afternoon.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The newest residents of Grand Forks had a chance to mingle and meet others in the community at a picnic Sunday afternoon.

This is the sixth year the Global Friends Coalition and UND's Honors Program hosted the community-refugee picnic at University Park.

About 80 refugees come to Grand Forks each year, totaling about 500 in the past six years.

The potluck-style picnic introduces new foods and new faces to everyone who attends.

"Refugee integration is all about people connecting with one another and they need opportunities to do that. Often times it's difficult to just walk up and introduce yourself to someone," Global Friends Coalition President Robin David said.

"I get to meet a lot of friends and some of them go to my school and it's really fun seeing them," Fanny Masabarkiza, who moved to Grand Forks four years ago, said.

The volunteer coalition helps new Americans get resettled in Grand Forks.

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