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Nov 19, 2015 5:05 PM

Manchester residents unsure about taking in more refugees


MANCHESTER- According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, in 2014 New Hampshire took in 373 refugees from around the world. Around 130 went to Manchester, 189 went to Concord, 53 settled in Nashua, and one went to Exeter.

There are a lot of opinions about allowing refugees into our state, especially those coming from countries like Syria and Iraq where there are known terror groups.

The debate started earlier this week in the wake of the Paris attacks, when it was discovered at least one of the terrorists traveled to France as a refugee from Syria.

Many governors including Maggie Hassan have spoken out about allowing anymore Syrian refugees to cross our borders until the vetting process is strengthened.

"The vetting doesn't work, it does not work. We need to put the kibosh on anything and everything," said Manchester resident Rich Roy.

Some have mixed feelings about it, since many feel we would be keeping out the people who are running from the terrorists themselves.

"I'm still undecided. There are a lot of good people of all nationalities and you don't want to leave them out," said Lou Martel of Manchester.

In 2014, the state spent more than $300,000 placing refugees in jobs. 273 refugees found jobs in the state, with it costing more than $1,200 for each refugee that entered the workforce. According to DHHS they're earning an average of $6.69 per hour.

Hari Nepal traveled came to Manchester as a refugee from Bhutan seven years ago. He tells NH1 News his family fled their home country to get away from terrorism. He has held the same job in Concord for the past five years and has become a legal U.S. Citizen.


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