Relocating refugees in Western Massachusetts

President Obama has approved an increase of Syrian refugees allowed to seek asylum in the U.S.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - As the conflict in Syria rages on, thousands of families are running from the bloodshed and looking for asylum across the globe, including in the United States. President Obama set a goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, a six-fold increase from the previous year.

Where will they live?  In September, 22News first reported on a plan to resettle more than 50 Syrian refugees in Northampton.   We now know, that’s just a fraction of how many refugees will be moving into Massachusetts this year.  22News I-Team reporter Tamara Sacharczyk dug deeper into the story and uncovered that a disproportionate number are moving to western Massachusetts.

The 22News I-Team gives you a look at our in-depth investigation on the status of Syrian refugees in our region.  Hear the harrowing story of one man who escaped Syria with his family, and now calls western Massachusetts his home. Find out how many Syrian refugees will be relocating to Western Massachusetts, and how much money it will cost taxpayers.

It's a report you won't want to miss, Monday, November 7 at 10pm on the CW-Springfield.

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