NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Syrian refugees are slated to be resettled in parts of western Massachusetts. Massachusetts is no stranger to the refugee resettlement process, with about 200 refugees from Syria since Governor Baker took office.
Now, 51 refugees are scheduled to resettle in Northampton by January 2017. They will include refugees from Syria, Burundi and the Congo.
Pittsfield is now in the discussion process of the resettlement of about 50 refugees tonight, according to the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts. They would most likely be Arabic speaking.
Congressman Richard Neal said, it is never an easy task to integrate new members into a community but it is something that must be done. “I don’t know how anyone can tolerate what we’re witnessing in Aleppo and across Syria and until that civil war calms down or recedes I think that you are going to see millions of people that are displaced.”
Congressman Neal said that many people return to their native countries afterwards once the hostility resides.
Pittsfield is holding a meeting Monday night to discuss welcoming refugees at the Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium until 7 p.m.be done.