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How do the immigrant and refugee communities contribute to the Roanoke Valley and its economy? Roanoke recently received funding from a group of immigrant advocacy groups to analyze that question.

Two years ago the United States agreed to resettle 110,000 refugees from parts of the world in crisis.  Now, the Trump Administration wants to cut that number to 30,000 prompting protests from agencies around the country. 

Refugees Welcome in Blacksburg, VA

Feb 3, 2017

When the executive order banning Muslims from 7 countries from coming to the U.S. was announced last Friday, the town of Blacksburg had been awaiting the arrival of second Syrian refugee family. They never got on the plane. But that’s not stopping a group of volunteers who spontaneously got together last summer to host the first refugee family in this small college town.