Baltimore – With Hefty Black Unemployment Rate – Is Planning On Bringing in More Syrian Refugees
Just 59 percent of black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are working
Baltimore city is preparing to settle more Syrian refugees this year.
CBS Local reported:
The war in Syria is forcing millions to flee their homes, and the United States is working to accept 10,000 of the fleeing refugees over the next year.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Baltimore has resettled more than two dozen Syrians so far this year, and they are preparing to help more.
“They are desperate to seek safety,” the IRC’s executive director, Ruben Chandrasekar, said. “They are desperate to be given a new chance at a new life.”
The International Rescue Committee in Baltimore has welcomed 26 Syrians by providing them with the tools to succeed, including a furnished apartment and even employment.
They say their program is successful because refugees are eager to start their new lives free from persecution.
“They want nothing more than to get employed, play their taxes and be able to do the normal stuff you and I take for granted,” said Chandrasekar.