Nearly 15,000 refugees have resettled in Syracuse over the course of the past 15 years. The majority of these families and many of those that continue to arrive ultimately call the Northside neighborhood home.
Most families have fled extreme poverty, environmental disasters, political turmoil, conflict or worse and have since began life anew, many arriving in Syracuse without a penny or a word of English. These communities — spanning individuals from throughout Africa, The Middle East, Ukraine, Cuba and parts of Asia — live in what most of us would consider poverty but their appreciation for a new life and work ethic is profound.
Since moving to Syracuse in July 2018 I’ve begun to explore these communities and have had the privilege of being allowed into the lives of some of these families as they work to recreate “home” thousands of miles away from the ones they once knew.