Syria

Community forum reveals differing views on refugee resettlement

Community forum reveals differing views on refugee resettlement

There are no Syrian refugees in Williamsburg, but there could be soon. Sudents at William and Mary want to let refugees know they're welcome here, if the state sees fit.

Speaking at a forum on Tuesday evening, students said the rationale for passing a resolution through city council is making sure refugees understand that they'll enter a community that hopes to support them.

A resolution does not guarantee Williamsburg will take in any refugees — the federal government lets non-governmental organizations gauge where refugees might best fit.

Those organizations factor in aspects like the availability of open housing and the presence of an immigrant...

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