A Syrian refugee was in Albany Thursday to take part in a panel discussion, “Facing the Global Immigration and Refugee Crisis,” at The State University of New York’s Rockefeller Institute of Government. The event kicked off a celebration of immigrants and cultural diversity in the area.
Jill Peckenpaugh, the Albany-based director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, says 70,000 refugees have been resettled nationwide over the last two years. “In Albany we’ve been re-settling at a rate of about 400 the last few years. Since 2005, when the USCRI Albany office opened, we re-settled over 3100 people or so in the last ten years. This year we expect between 400 and 500 people to be re-settled in Albany.” Read the full article on WAMC.