Citizen Survey Gauges Boston's Interest In Hosting Syrian Refugees

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In response to the flood of Syrian refugees in Europe, President Obama has announced the U.S. will take in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians in the next year.

In Massachusetts, both Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker have suggested they're open to a conversation about accepting more refugees locally, but Baker wants to know who will pay for relocation.

At the grassroots level, a citizen-initiated survey is making the rounds on social media networks in Boston, gauging the communities' interest in hosting Syrian refuges.

Vicky Kelberer, a graduate student at Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies who has written about the Boston-area survey in the Huffington Post, joined WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about how the survey came about and its potential impact.

This segment aired on September 11, 2015.


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