Niagara Falls Will be the Next Refugee Site


President Obama and the US State Department have been making a last ditch effort for refugee resettlement in the United States before President-Elect Donald Trump takes office in January. Over the past few months, the Obama administration has been locating and assessing 47 new sites to relocate around 110,000 refugees in the United States next year.

Marlene Schillinger, the CEO of the Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, has been approved by the state department to begin relocating and aiding refugees into the city of Niagara Falls. So far, around fifty refugees have been approved to reside in the city, and the Jewish Family Service will be tasked with finding them job positions like waiters, maids and janitors. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and the Niagara Falls School District will also participate in the relocation efforts.

“You can’t just plop people down there,” said Peter Scott, career services program manager at Jewish Family Service tasked with supervising relocation operations. “We have not had any pushback from the community. And there’s certainly an economic benefit.” Contrary to Scott’s statements, it has yet to be reported if the citizens of Buffalo were formally informed of the refugee resettlement.

The relocated refugees will primarily consist of  Muslims from Iraq, Burma, Syria and Somalia. A report released by the Refugee Resettlement Watch also revealed the other listed cities the 110,000 will be dispersed to. The list can be viewed below:

Asheville, NC

Rutland, VT

Reno, NV

Ithaca, NY

Missoula, MT

Aberdeen, SD

Charleston, WV

Fayetteville, AR

Blacksburg, VA

Pittsfield, MA

Northhampton, MA

Flint, MI

Bloomington, IN

Traverse City, MI

Poughkeepsie, NY

Wilmington, DE

Watertown, NY

Youngstown, OH

Storm Lake, Iowa

Niagara Falls, NY

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