Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and The Refugee Community

In response to growing concerns about the spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19 both in the United States and around the world, here are answers to some commonly asked questions pertaining to the virus and the refugee and migrant community. Question: What if any refugee departure changes are in place at the federal level in response …
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International Visitors Interview: Pavel

Pavel was one of our visitors from Russia, we interviewed him about his experience in Buffalo Here is how he responded! What is your name and profession in Russia?  “I’m Pavel, I am a small business owner and a public activist in Russia!”   What is one thing you’ve learned from visiting our Buffalo community? …
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International Visitors Interview: Anna

Anna was one of our visitors from Russia, we interviewed her about her experience in Buffalo Here is how she responded! What is your name and profession in Russia?  “My name is Anna and I am a lawyer, an educator, and now I am a director of an elementary school.”     What is one …
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Statement Regarding Stephen Miller’s Released Emails

The International Institute of Buffalo stands with the more than 80 members of Congress calling for the resignation of Senior White House Advisor, Stephen Miller. We commend the Congressional Hispanic, Black, Asian Pacific American and Progressive caucuses and our own representative, Brian Higgins (NY 26th), for leading the call for Miller’s resignation. Through the leaks of over 900 emails sent …
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WNYRAC Joint Statement Opposing the FY2020 Refugee Resettlement Cap

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that the refugee resettlement ceiling will be set at 18,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This is the lowest number since the U.S. resettlement program was established nearly 40 years ago. The Trump administration has reduced the annual ceiling from 110,000 (in the last year of the Obama Administration), to …
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Statement Regarding Reversal of Flores Agreement

In yet another attack on migrant families, the Trump administration has unveiled a new regulation that would allow for the indefinite detention of migrant families and their children at the border and would lower the minimum standard of conditions in these facilities. The rule replaces a decades-old agreement, the Flores Agreement, which limited detention to 20 days …
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Statement on Proposal to Shut Down U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

ZERO. That’s the number of refugees Trump administration officials want to admit to the US in 2020. This unconscionable proposal would shut down refugee resettlement in the United States, endangering refugees, weakening families and communities, and undermining the values on which this country was built. This is not the first time this administration has attacked …
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You Belong In Buffalo

The International Institute of Buffalo recently launched a series of videos to assist refugees and immigrants who are already living in, or might consider moving to, Buffalo. You Belong in Buffalo consists of seven instructive videos helping new Buffalonians navigate different challenges in their adopted community.  The series was made possible thanks to a grant …
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