Residents are holding house parties to learn what refugees are likely to need from the community.
The U.S. State Department expects to increase the number of Syrian refugees it admits into the United States next year, and some could come to western Massachusetts.
Despite a request from Springfield’s mayor request, refugees from places like Bhutan, Somalia, and Iraq keep arriving. The differences they face in food, laws, and language can be dizzying. In addition, they often have to adapt to a very different work culture.
A newly formed group of non-profits, activists and religious leaders is denouncing a request Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno made to the State Department.
A State Department spokesperson says it hasn’t received Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s letter, asking the department stop placing refugees in the city.