Rich Kellman

The global refugee crisis has been hitting home in many communities around the world, including in Buffalo. One of the biggest challenges facing immigrants involves learning a new language and local organizations are ready to help. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman has their story.

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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.

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A newspaper that serves the region's growing immigrant and refugee populations has published a primer for new Americans that highlights the voting process. A recent edition of Karibu News featured a two-page spread in three languages. It's an effort to encourage naturalized citizens to head to the polls and to spur discussion among those who cannot vote. WBFO's Brian Meyer sat down with publisher Rubens Mukunzi, a Rwandan immigrant who moved to Buffalo three years ago.

Buffalo Police to implement Language Access Plan

Mar 1, 2016
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The Buffalo Police Department will soon have a plan in place to respond to residents who have limited English language skills. The program will give police and residents access to a network of services that may handle more than 200 different languages.

Forum focuses on refugee challenges, misconceptions

Feb 3, 2016
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Addressing the myths about refugees. That was the focus of a panel discussion held Tuesday at Daemen College, where an audience of nearly 200 people heard about the challenges facing immigrants, including just how hard it is to achieve asylum status in the U.S.

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Some refugees on Buffalo's West Side had the chance to meet a top state official on Wednesday. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul visited about 50 women learning the craft of textile arts at Stitch Buffalo.

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Erie County lawmakers hosted a 90-minute meeting Thursday morning to gather information and address concerns about Syrian refugees that are expected to arrive in the near future.

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Every day, an increasing number of new Americans from nations, geographic areas, and language groups walk into the court buildings in downtown Buffalo and come to grips with the legal system. Often, they are from countries with no functioning legal system or one which they say can't be trusted.

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Increasingly, the people coming into our courts reflect the changing face of America and of Western New York. They include people from across the world, some of whom speak languages which don't even exist in a written form but are in our community and in our schools.

If you want to see how refugees are changing Buffalo, N.Y., the West Side Bazaar is a good place to start. It's an incubator for immigrant-owned businesses. And it's the only place in town where you can eat Ethiopian sponge bread, Burmese noodles and Peruvian chicken at the same table. It's also a market with clothing and gifts.

"We are like family here — families from different countries," says Nadeen Yousef, who moved to Buffalo from Iraq last year. Yousef now has a booth at the bazaar, where she sells handmade macrame wall hangings and art.

Canada has pledged to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. That means in December, hundreds will arrive every day. But since the militant attacks in Paris, some political leaders in the country have voiced concern and, in some regions, there has been a backlash against Muslims.

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With the national debate over bringing Syrian immigrants to this country heating up, it's also heating up in Erie County.

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With the recent spotlight shifting to the debate over accepting refugees from places like Syria, some Western New Yorkers gathered Thursday to send a message of peace.

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Governor Cuomo and the leader of the Senate Republicans differ on whether New York State should accept Syrian refugees in light of the French terror attacks.

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The bombings in Paris brought out a crowd to Daemen College last night for a talk on the refugee crisis and the Russian intervention in Syria.

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On Sunday County Executive Mark Poloncarz responded to County Legislator Joseph Lorigo's call to reverse his stance on accepting Syrian refugees.

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The Cantalician Center for Learning celebrated the opening of its Diversified Labor Solutions division on Friday.

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A Bhutanese Nepali refugee has made it his mission to visit Buffalo’s hospitalized immigrants and refugees and offer comfort to the very ill and dying.

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The tragic terrorist attacks that occurred 14 years ago today had a profound impact on many people throughout the world. For a Grand Island girl, it triggered her first encounters with blatant prejudice. Sara Ali is the daughter Muslim Arab-American parents. She is a former WBFO intern who is now editor of Karibu News, a multilingual, multicultural newspaper. Ali sat down with WBFO News Director Brian Meyer.

Poloncarz: Erie County to take up to 300 Syrian refugees

Sep 10, 2015

As millions of Syrians flee the violence in their homeland, Erie County's department of Social Services is anticipating the arrival and resettlement of up to 300 refugees here.

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For three decades Vive on Wyoming Street has been a center for refugees, some heading to Canada and others waiting to hear if they will get asylum in this country. Now, Vive is part of Jericho Road Community Health Center.

Working to remove language barriers

Jul 20, 2015
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Jewish Family Services held a special training session to help break language barriers occurring for immigrants and refugees living and working in Buffalo. That training session provided best practices for those who don't speak English.

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As Buffalo's immigrant and refugee population continues to grow dramatically, Mayor Byron Brown is working to enhance the city's Office of New Americans. The city said it wants to make sure new residents receive the right assistance.

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With a focus on the region's large and diverse refugee population, a summit was held Thursday to address the challenges new residents face accessing healthcare. It was hosted by UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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Buffalo Police are hoping that the public can assist in the search for a missing mother and her child.

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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. 

Refugees receive certification to open home daycares

Oct 17, 2014
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A group of refugees received New York State certifications to open their own in home daycare centers Friday. The seven aspiring business owners were among three groups this year to receive certifications through the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project.

Citizenship candidates naturalized in Buffalo

Sep 12, 2014
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Thirty one people became United States citizens in Buffalo Friday. The naturalization ceremony took place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site located on Delaware Avenue.

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The internationally known ‘Feed the Children’ effort made a stop in Buffalo Wednesday. The 5th annual event also known as “Americans Feeding Americans” served roughly 800 families on the West side.

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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.