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Metro Detroit's Arab community prepares for Syrian refugees

Oct 6, 2015

Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, ​president and CEO of the Arab American and Chaldean Council, says Syrian refugees will add to the economy of Detroit because they will pay taxes and populate the area.
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It's the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

Syrian men, women, and children are fleeing the war and carnage in their homeland, desperately trying to get to a country that will welcome them, and let them begin new, safe lives.

It's forced the White House to consider admitting more refugees to the United States, with Secretary of State John Kerry recently pledging the U.S. will accept 100,00 refugees a year by 2017. That's up from the current 70,000 a year.

Many of those refugees may head to Michigan, especially the Detroit area, which has one of the largest Arab communities outside of the Arab world. Is Michigan ready for Syrian refugees? 

Today, we discuss how the Syrian refugee crisis will affect metro Detroit and what agencies like the Arab American and Chaldean Council are doing to help ease that transition. 

GUEST: Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, ​president and CEO of the Arab American and Chaldean Council