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Clarkston, Ga., Offers Safe Haven For Refugees Fleeing War

Sep 15, 2015

A mass exodus of refugees is underway in parts of the Middle East as hundreds of thousands of mostly Syrian refugees flee their war-torn country, trying to make it to destinations in Europe and a better life.

The Obama administration announced recently it would increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the U.S., agreeing to take in 10,000. 

Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston, Georgia, says it could take some time before cities in the U.S. see any refugees from the crisis currently unfolding in Europe, even though the Obama administration has agreed to allow 10,000 to come in.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

  More than 200,000 people have died in the ongoing civil war raging through Syria over the past four years, according to the United Nations.

Georgia has taken in very few Syrian refugees since the nation’s civil war. Estimates put the number at around 100, but the state does see a higher number of displaced people from other places in the world.

The city of Clarkston, Georgia, east of Atlanta, is known as a refugee haven. Over the years thousands of refugees have moved to Clarkston and now call the city home.

The large population of refugees from countries around the world is something that makes Clarkston unique, according to Mayor Ted Terry. Terry also made it clear during an interview on “Closer Look” that Clarkston relishes its role as a refugee haven and welcomes newcomers with open arms.

Terry discussed the city’s refugees, why they are so welcomed in his town, why it’s important to help those fleeing from wars and violence and more.