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Martin Butts, left, goes over Ethiopian-born Fesseha Kahsay's business plan as part of the UP Start business incubator. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
Martin Butts, left, goes over Ethiopian-born Fesseha Kahsay's business plan as part of the UP Start business incubator. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs

The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy.

Jai Subedi holds court at his Asian grocery store on Syracuse's Northside. He's behind the counter ringing customers up and simultaneously fielding phone calls. All the while giving advice to other refugees about how to deal with various agencies. He opened the store earlier this year with the goal of making it more than just a market.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh forums focus on refugees

Millions of people in the world live as refugees and internally displaced persons, uprooted from their homes by war and persecution. A pair of forums Thursday will examine the plight of women and children refugees worldwide. One of the featured speakers, Wendy Young, grew up in Saranac Lake and is Coordinator of U.S. Government and External Relations for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. She told Todd Moe that her office works with refugees in over 100 counties, and as a liaison between Congress, the State Department and the United Nations.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter Closes Doors

The Salvation Army church in Plattsburgh announced on Friday that it will no longer offer assistance to refugee families trying to reach Canada. The move follows a dispute with the Clinton County Health Department. As Brian Mann reports, other groups in Plattsburgh are preparing for a new rush of asylum seekers.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter In Fight With County

Officials in Clinton County want a Plattsburgh refugee shelter to apply for a health permit normally required for motel operators. The Salvation Army church - which runs the shelter - has refused. The church's leader says the permit would limit his ability to help asylum seekers trying to cross the border into Canada. As Brian Mann reports, this legal fight comes at a time when Plattsburgh is bracing for another flood of refugees.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh: Pakistani Border Crisis Simmers As Deadline Passes

Today is the deadline for thousands of Pakistanis and Saudis living in the U-S, who are required to register with the Federal government. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security say the program has been a success. But special registration sent shockwaves through New York's Muslim immigrant community. The law triggered a refugee crisis on the border north of Plattsburgh, as hundreds of families fled to Canada. As Brian Mann reports, volunteer groups say their shelters are still full - and their resources are tapped out.  Go to full article

Pakistani Refugees Leave U.S. By Way of Plattsburgh

Hundreds of Pakistani refugees are traveling through the North Country, on their way to the Canadian border. Some have lived in the US for years. But now the Bush Administration wants Pakistani men and other Muslims who aren't American citizens to register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. As Brian Mann reports, many are choosing to flee instead, traveling through Plattsburgh to reach Canada's border.  Go to full article

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