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Welcoming New Citizens

Geeta Ghimirey and his family arrived in Charlottesville, refugees from Bhutan, almost ten years ago, and July 5, 2018, Geeta and his wife were naturalized as American citizens. On the occasion of his naturalization, he remarked, “The country I was born in considered me a non-national, the country they said I belong[ed] to considered me a refugee, the country I had no connection [to] accepted me as its citizen.” Geeta is now a homeowner and works as a caseworker for the International Rescue Committee, helping other refugees to resettle and rebuild their lives in Charlottesville just like he did.

Below: Greeta and his wife hold their naturalization certificates after the completion of their swearing-in ceremony.

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