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UAlbany study examines refugee employment barriers, mental health issues


April 6, 2018

According to a study conducted by University at Albany assistant professor Lisa Baranik, access and opportunity – which includes discounting home country experiences – was the most common barrier to finding employment cited by the refugees she surveyed. Baranik’s study, which was published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior in September, surveyed 159 refugees – of which about 30 percent are in Albany – on obstacles to finding employment, the impact of these experiences on their mental health, and their coping mechanisms. “Refugees go through extremely difficult situations, but it’s what happens after they relocate that determines how their mental health and ability to thrive will play out,” Baranik said. “My research found that it’s not that they’re not trying (to find jobs), they are facing incredibly difficult circumstances.”

Source: www.timesunion.com/local/article/University-at-Albany-study-examines-refugee-12812944.php

New York for Syrian Refugees Recognized

Source: https://www.facebook.com/NY4Syrians/posts/1786200904763859

Refugees adjust to harsh Capital Region winter

Refugees adjust to harsh Capital Region winter

January 8, 2018

Many refugees in Albany are trying to adjust to the frigid cold temperatures, and local organizations have been making it a priority to help educate and prepare them for the harsh Upstate New York winters. With most of Albany’s roughly 400 refugees and immigrants resettled in the area annually coming from warmer countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Burma, Syria and Iraq, there’s a lot of work to do.

Source: www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Refugees-adjust-to-harsh-Albany-winter-12476666.php

Easing the Syrian refugee crisis — with ice cream

Easing the Syrian refugee crisis — with ice cream


October 11, 2017

On Oct. 1, Adirondack Creamery released a new ice cream flavor in New York City: Syrian Date & Walnut. The flavor is inspired by the traditional Syrian dessert ma’amoul, a shortbread cookie stuffed with dates and/or walnuts. It will hit the shelves in the Capital Region at Honest Weight Co-Op and Niskayuna Co-Op on Friday.

Source: www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Helping-the-Syrian-Refugee-Crisis-with-ice-cream-12269609.php


New Neighbors, New Considerations

New Neighbors, New Considerations


October 4, 2017

As charitable organizations help to resettle refugees into American life, a little extra sensitivity during social occasions will go a long way.

Source: www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/style/refugee-dinners.html


Syrian Refugees Respond To Hurricane Irma By Cooking Feasts For Evacuees

September 12, 2017

They were compelled to help because they know what it’s like to lose everything, they said.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syrian-refugees-hurricane-irma_us_59b7e89be4b027c149e277ae?ud8


Refugees Celebrate Eid in Capital Region

Refugees celebrate Eid in Capital Region


August 31, 2017

Eid al-Adha, which literally translates to “the holiday of sacrifice”, will be celebrated by the Muslim community on Friday. The holiday is a commemoration of the story of Prophet Abraham, who was about to sacrifice his son per God’s instructions, but was sent a lamb to sacrifice instead. Signifying obedience to and trust in God, Eid al-Adha is Islam’s holiest holiday, with celebrations lasting as long as four days in some countries. Safeih, who left Syria for Egypt in 2011 and arrived to Albany in January, is one of many Muslim refugees in the Capital Region who will be adjusting to a new way of celebrating as she settles in her new home.

Source: www.timesunion.com/news/article/New-refugees-celebrate-Eid-12164352.php


Talking about refugee communities in Albany and how to help


June 8, 2017

Coming up next Thursday, June 15 at Albany City Hall: A discussion titled “Get to Know Your Neighbors in the Refugee and Immigrant Communities.” Blurbage: WHO: Panel consisting of Dr. Ilham AlMahamid, founder of New York for Syrian Refugees and an assistant professor at the University of Albany School of

Source: alloveralbany.com/archive/2017/06/08/albany-refugee-community-panel-discussion