DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The United States is seeing its first arrivals of Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war, and one place expected to be a top destination for them is Michigan.
The state, already home to a large Middle Eastern population, has accepted about 75 Syrian refugees this year and is making the case that it’s ready for more of about 10,000 that the Obama administration has pledged to take in.
Unlike places where people have been wary about Syrian refugees, Michigan sees them as a societal and economic boon, one solution to population loss. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is bucking some party leaders and working with federal officials on resettlement plans.
No final numbers or locations have been set. Other likely settlement locations include Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Allentown, Pennsylvania.