Tucson has become a haven for thousands of refugees from all over the world.
But regardless of where they come from, or why they left their home countries, these new arrivals to the U.S. find themselves assuming the role of "instant ambassadors". Each annual RefugeeFEST gives them an opportunity to share the best of their native culture with the community at large.
In recognition of the many positive social and economic contributions that are made every day in this state by immigrants, the 4th annual Tucson World RefugeeFEST was held on June 23rd, 2012.
Organizers described the event as speaking in the international languages of food, fun, family, and sports.
Local soccer teams comprised of players from many different nations played for a championship trophy, and a citizenship ceremony officially welcomed about two dozen new Americans, all of whom were under the age of 24.
Cooper James and Mark McLemore visited RefugeeFEST 2012, and brought back this Video Postcard.