Syrian refugees could come to Michigan as U.S. plans to boost number accepted

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan could see an influx of Syrian refugees as the United States makes plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees.

Federal figures say the Detroit, Dearborn and Warren areas are home to several thousand Syrian immigrants and The Detroit News reports activists in the Detroit area are pushing for more aid to refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

Dave Murray, a spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, says Michigan is “open to working with the federal government to see if there is a role that Michigan can play with this issue.”

The federal government says refugees, if possible, are placed near family or friends they identify.

The White House on Thursday discussed plans for the U.S. to accept more Syrian refugees in the coming budget year, a significant increase.

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