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11 April 2016


Utica in upstate New York welcomed Bosnian Muslim refugees from the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Photo: PBS Newshour.

How Refugee Resettlement Became a Revival Strategy for the Struggling U.S. Town

In the midst of an election campaign filled with anti-migrant rhetoric, the once downtrodden town of Utica in upstate New York has been more welcoming: one out of every four citizens there is a refugee. But Utica’s commitment to resettlement isn’t purely humanitarian. Its open door policy is also a pioneering economic tool for revitalizing the Rust Belt.  PBS Newshour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman explains.

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Refugees and migrants walk between lines of defensive border fencing separating Greece from the Macedonian town of Gevgelija. Photo: AP/Boris Grdanoski

Finding Alternative Routes to Europe

Following the plan by the European Union and Turkey to turn back refugees, many are looking for alternative ways to reach Europe. Syria Deeply explores a new path to the continent that starts on the other side of the Atlantic – in South America.

As Greece begins shipping migrants back to Turkey this week, Syrians are finding new alternatives to the increasingly difficult journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, writes Mohamad Khair Alhamwi.

One of these routes takes refugees to Brazil and into French Guiana, a French territory on the northeastern coast of South America, just above Brazil, where refugees can more easily establish legal residency in a French territory, while applying for asylum in Europe.

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Migration in the News


  • Syrian Arab News Agency reported that Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi met with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in the war-damaged city to discuss how to enhance cooperation in areas including health, relief and development.

  • Time reported that dozens of Pakistani migrants sent back to Turkey from Greece under the Turkey-EU agreement face an uncertain future.

  • Channel News Asia, AFP and World Bulletin News reported that four migrant women and a child drowned on Saturday off the Greek island of Samos. They were the first deaths in the Aegean since the controversial EU-Turkey deal took effect.

  • Sputnik reported that the Greek government admitted that  it is in a difficult situation, as thousands of migrants and refugees cannot leave the country due to border closures by other EU member states.  

  • International Business Times reported that after numerous European nations have erected border fences, the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany dropped by over 60% in the first quarter of 2016. 

     

Trending on the Internet


  • New York Times Magazine reported that as refugees stream into Europe, and terror attacks spark security fears, a Bavarian village housing refugees is grappling with the question of what it means to be German.

  • Al Jazeera ran an Opinion article on a Moroccan NGO’s anti-racism campaign that aims to pressure governments in the Maghreb to adopt legislation criminalizing all forms of racial discrimination.

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