SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Refugee Resettlement in the Saratoga Region: What’s Happening and How to Help” will be the subject of a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Music Hall, Saratoga Springs City Hall.
Panelists will include representatives of Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative (Immigrant ARC), US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), the Ukrainian American Cultural Center (Watervliet), the Giving Circle (Saratoga Springs), and the Adirondack Welcome Circle (Glens Falls).
During the past 12 months, the region has experienced two waves of refugees: first Afghans, fleeing the takeover of their country by the Taliban; then Ukrainians, displaced by the Russian invasion. USCRI, based in Albany, has been working to resettle as many as 400 Afghans. The New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) reports that New York has received more Ukrainian refugees than any other state, over 14,000. Although the majority have arrived in New York City, around 275 had settled in upstate counties as of August, according to ONA. The exact number is difficult to determine because Ukrainians arrive in the US in a wide variety of circumstances.