International Institute of Buffalo

Buffalo residents get to listen to something a little different on their runs and walks on Saturday­–they can hear the stories of local refugees.

In honor of World Refugee Day, the International Institute of Buffalo collaborated with a number of local organizations to host “A Walk In Their Words.” This event brings stories of refugees and immigrants from around the globe into the community’s ears.

Dawne Hoeg

With Western New York still in the grasp of the coronavirus pandemic, a newly-resettled refugee family is getting into the spirit of the City of Good Neighbors. For Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s Making Buffalo Home initiative, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on how an Afghan couple sparked a business venture that’s making face masks and generating income for refugee women.

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From cutting the number of refugee admissions to “Remain in Mexico,” the Trump administration enacted several new immigration policies in 2019. For Making Buffalo Home, WBFO's Kyle Mackie reports on what those changes mean for Buffalo and Western New York.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is sending a clear message to the Trump administration: Send more refugees here. Poloncarz and other county executives across the country are now required to opt-in to allow future refugee resettlement in their districts.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and on Wednesday afternoon, Erie County officials met with community organizations and law enforcement working to end human trafficking and identify victims.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, asking the State Department to maintain refugee resettlement sites in Buffalo.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Despite the president's heated claims about refugees and immigrants - a local organization continues helping new arrivals. The International Institute of Buffalo has been welcoming immigrants to Western New York for 100 years.

Funding has been awarded to the International Institute of Buffalo to continue providing services for victims of human trafficking.

Buffalo is one of many cities across the country with leaders worried about the impact of the new citizenship question on the upcoming Census in 2020.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

John Hockenberry of The Takeaway hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios. The conversation touched upon a number of subjects, though the centerpiece highlighted Buffalo's long relationship with immigration.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Refugees across the region are going to continue receiving help adjusting to their new life in America. Albany is now funding resettlement agencies that faced cuts under President Trump's refugee ban. Local advocates see many benefits for the community.

Refugee resettlement agencies get state funding

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The future is looking brighter for local refugee resettlement agencies.

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A local economic development strategy has to include the area's growing immigrant and refugee population. That is according to the International Institute of Buffalo's Eva Hassett, speaking Thursday night at Medaille.

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The challenges that refugees and immigrants confront have been well-documented.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

They work on the front lines in Central Europe's refugee crisis. They recently arrived in Buffalo for a visit to learn how refugees are assisted and settled here, hoping to bring some of the lessons back to their respective homelands.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo continues to play host this week to the annual Congress for New Urbanism meeting. This year's event is titled The Resilient Community.  The organization promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development and sustainable communities. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the event includes conversations about immigrants and economic development.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The popularity of food trucks in Buffalo continues to be a big draw.  The co-owner of Lloyd Taco Trucks has reached into the local immigrant and refugee population for new employees.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Lloyd's hired some employees who come from Burmese.