Refugees Add Value in Upstate New York

As I struggle to finish Higher’s upcoming newsletter featuring refugee resettlement in Maine, I’m either inspired or intimidated by a great series about refugee contributions in Buffalo, Utica, Rochester and Syracuse, NY.

NPR collaboration Innovation Trail reports on “the innovation economy of upstate New York”.  Here’s how they summarize the series:

Upstate New York’s cities take in around 90 percent of the 3,500 refugees coming to the state each year.

As refugees become more established they transform neglected neighborhoods, open new businesses and establish services to provide support for the next wave of arrivals. They also face several unique challenges.

While studies put an overall positive spin on the economic impact of refugee arrivals, that doesn’t tell the complete story.

We put together stories around the state.

Photo Credit Ryan Delaney, WRVO


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