DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Cities across the nation are preparing for Syrian refugees, this after President Barack Obama’s September announcement that his administration would increase the number of Syrian refugees for resettlement by10,000.
More than 4 million Syrians have fled their homeland and are living in nearby countries. A process is in play overseas to begin resettling these refugees, but at the moment none are living in Greater Dayton region.
However, the Gem City is among the places that would be considered by the federal government for resettlement.
The City of Dayton will not be directly handling this process; instead, it is the Catholic Social Services of Miami Valley (CSSMV) that will work with the State Department on refugee resettlement.
The costs of resettlement is handled by a variety of sources and refugees are expected to become self-sufficient and “going to be a working, paying tax citizen as soon as possible,” according to CSSMV.
For nearly 50 years, Catholic Social Services (CSS) has taken a leadership role in welcoming refugees and handling the process for their resettlement. CSSMV has had a major role in helping refugees, often those from Central African and Middle Eastern countries, to settle in to the Gem City.
The local organization says it’s now preparing for Syrian refugees.
CSSMV CEO Laura Roesch tells 2 NEWS it is not a matter of if Syrian refugees are coming, but when. Roesch says she expects in 2 to 3 years the resettlement process for those relocating to the Greater Dayton region will begin.
“Dayton is a welcoming city, a very open city, a very charitable and generous city with a heart to reach out to people who are in need,” Roesch described when asked why the Gem City is a good fit for refugees.
The social worker with nearly 25 years of experience with CSSMV says Dayton has successful resettlement because the organization has partners in housing, healthcare, education and the faith-based communities. Roesch adds these groups, “work together with Catholic Social Services to address all the needs.”
As of October, 2015, according to the New York Times, 1,854 Syrians refugees have relocated to the United States in the last 3 years.