In the News / June 2015

Pennsylvania town’s refugee community on the rise | Washington Times

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Erie’s current refugee population is about 10,000, more than half of the nearly 20,000 immigrants who live in Erie, according to estimates by Dylanna Jackson, director of the International Institute of Erie, which has supported refugees and immigrants since 1919.

“I hear stories of immense gratitude and the opportunity to take a deep breath in safety and start a new life after being persecuted for who you are and being held in limbo in a camp,” Stacie Blake, director of government and community relations for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, said during a recent visit to Erie.

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