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Syracuse Speaks-Welcoming Refugees to CNY

Katie Zilcosky

In less than a year, two global conflicts have caused refugee crises. Local leaders have voiced their support in welcoming both Afghan and Ukrainian people to our area.
But Syracuse has long been a city for refugees, and resettlement doesn’t happen overnight.

In this episode of Syracuse Speaks: What does it take to resettle refugees and who is making Central New York their home?

For this discussion, we're joined byProgram Officer of Refugee Resettlement at Catholic Charities of Onondaga County Felicia Castricone and Deputy Executive Director of Hiscock Legal Aid SocietyLucy Saldana.

We visit Eva's European Sweets, a polish restaurant on the west side of Syracuse. We talk about how the war is affecting the Ukrainian women on their kitchen staff and their donation efforts to support Ukraine.

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Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.