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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Amid Anti-Immigration Wave, Some Small Towns Welcome Refugees with Open Arms

PBS Newshour reports that small towns across the United States are opening their doors to refugees in an effort to offset shrinking populations, diversify their communities and bolster local economies. 

Eskinder Negash, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, stated "Every time a refugee rents an apartment, every time a refugee shops for food, there's some income coming in for the city and going into the tax base. There's a new realization that refugees can be an economic engine for some of these small communities." 

The mayor of Fargo, North Dakota, echoed those sentiments. “Our refugees have come in and brought a lot to our community,” said Fargo mayor, Dr. Tim Mahoney“Our priority is to be a welcoming city and continue to grow in that manner.”

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