refugee economics http://wrvo.org en Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-diversify-upstate-business-environment <p>The desire for familiar food, clothing, and other products from home is spurring refugee communities in upstate New York to start their own businesses. In response, a group in Rochester has organized a six-week startup business training course to help the Somali refugee community navigate the process.</p><p>“They can actually create their own little local economy where they can exchange, similar to what they had in Somalia,” says David Dey, president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.institute4se.com/" target="_blank">Institute for Social Entrepreneurship</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48996 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment Refugees changing the face of an already diverse Syracuse Northside http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-changing-face-already-diverse-syracuse-northside <p><em>The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy.</em></p><p>Turnout may be low this night because of first snow, Nicole Watts tells those gathered in her entryway. Even as she tries to explain this, there's a near steady knock on the front door.</p><p>Every Tuesday evening, this home at 129 Lilac Street on Syracuse's Northside turns into a community center.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:29:32 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47465 at http://wrvo.org Refugees changing the face of an already diverse Syracuse Northside Refugees stepping into gap in health care services http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-stepping-gap-health-care-services <p><em>The Innovation Trail is looking at how refugees have weaved their way into upstate New York's changing economy.</em></p><p>On a recent fall day, community health nurse Sarah Miner is welcomed warmly into the home of Somali refugee Abdalla. Miner works with <a href="http://www.hcrhealth.com/" target="_blank">HCR Home Care</a> in Rochester and she’s been visiting Abdalla and his family for a while now.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:35:06 +0000 Kate O'Connell 47420 at http://wrvo.org Refugees stepping into gap in health care services Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-revitalize-rust-belt-city-buffalo <p></p><p><em>Upstate New York cities take in around 90 percent of all current refugee resettlements in the state. All this week, The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how that diverse population has weaved its way into the region’s changing economy.</em></p><p>In Buffalo, a handful of students from countries all over the world are sitting in a class at <a href="http://jersbuffalo.org/">Journey’s End Refugee Services. </a>They are learning how to become janitors for local businesses. The group nods as a student explains an assignment to them.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:35:45 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 47373 at http://wrvo.org Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-pump-new-energy-post-industrial-utica <p></p><p><em>Since 2004, upstate New York has taken 90 percent of all refugee resettlements in the state.</em> <em>This is the first part of the Innovation Trail reporting series looking at how upstate New York's refugee population is influencing the region's economy.</em></p><p>Utica has long seen itself as a city of immigrants. The arrival of Italians, Germans and Irish drove the city’s population to peak at around 100,000. During the mid 1970s<em> </em>in the wake of major changes to the city's industrial base and dwindling employment opportunities, the population fell by nearly half.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:13:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47315 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica