Marking World Refugee Day, Kenney vows to make Philly ‘a sanctuary for people who need protection’

 

Marking World Refugee Day, Kenney vows to make Philly ‘a sanctuary for people who need protection’ – philly-archives Doubling down on Philadelphia’s high-profile support for immigrants and refugees, Mayor Kenney on Monday pushed back against national candidates who “use immigration as a political football.” “I’m

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Recentering Refugees’ Contributions to PA in World Refugee Day Festivities

Arriving on the heels of his discussion with the Governor Tom Wolf of PA who came out in support of refugee resettlement, Joseph, upon invitation from the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Immigrant and Refugees, participated in the annual Refugee Day Festivity in PA. In an event of over 300 people, Joseph printed and distributed flyers to over 100 participants.

Joseph notes that this event highlighted for the migrant community that unlike many states’ responses to growing numbers of resettled refugees, PA has been unique in that …

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Teewende Sandwidi

Teewende Sandwidi

State: Pennsylvania

City of Residence: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Country of origin: Burkina Faso

Arrival in the U.S.: 2011

Mr. Teewende Sandwiwi is an asylee from Burkina Faso who arrived in the United States in 2011. In Burkina Faso, Mr. Sandwidi was a writer who started programs to help students learn English. Through his writings, he began speaking out against corruption in his country and against the practice of female genital mutilation, but he received threats and was persecuted by the government as a result. He was offered the opportunity to …

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Pennsylvania: Joseph Sackor

Pennsylvania: Joseph Sackor

State: Pennsylvania

City of Residence: Levittown, Pennsylvania

Country of origin: Liberia

Arrival in the U.S.: 1999

Mr. Joseph Sackor was two months away from graduating college when war broke out in Liberia and he and his family were forced to flee to neighboring Guinea. Before being resettled, Mr. Sackor served as the president of Liberia Refugee Students organization in Guinea, which provided support to UNHCR refugee schools in the early 1990s. He was resettled to the United States in 1999, and earned his GED shortly after. Mr. Sackor went …

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Recentering Refugees’ Contributions to PA in World Refugee Day Festivities

Arriving on the heels of his discussion with the Governor Tom Wolf of PA who came out in support of refugee resettlement, Joseph, upon invitation from the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Immigrant and Refugees, participated in the annual Refugee Day Festivity in PA. In an event of over 300 people, Joseph printed and distributed flyers to over 100 participants.

Joseph notes that this event highlighted for the migrant community that unlike many states’ responses to growing numbers of resettled refugees, PA has been unique in that …

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