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Since 1975, Washington has welcomed more than 133,000 refugees to the state from more than 71 countries around the world. The Times’ April 26 editorial pays tribute to former Gov. Dan Evans, who helped establish the state’s legacy of aiding people fleeing violence and persecution in their homeland.

The Times Opinion Page asked those who are part of the state’s 40-year refugee experience to share their stories by answering two questions:

  • What does it mean to be a refugee  or to help refugees in Washington state?
  • What went well during resettlement and what were the biggest challenges?

A sampling of those submissions are posted in the gallery above.

Thanks to those who shared their experiences with us.