According to data from the U.S. State Department’s Refugee Processing Center, almost all of the Syrian refugees resettled in Virginia since October have been placed in towns with lower incomes and higher poverty rates, hours away from the wealthy suburbs outside of Washington, D.C.
Of the 121 Syrian refugees placed in Virginia so far, 112 have been placed in communities at least 100 miles away from the nation’s capital; 105 were placed in cities where median incomes fall below the state average.
The D.C. suburban counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington are all among the nation’s wealthiest and, according to U.S. census data, collectively have roughly 1.7 million residents. The three counties have resettled a grand total of nine Syrian refugees, all nine of whom were placed in the city of Falls Church.
The other 93 percent of Syrian refugees in Virginia were all placed at least 100 miles away from the nation’s legislators: Charlottesville (116.9 miles away, according to Google Maps), Harrisonburg (130 miles away), Newport News (171 miles away), Powhatan (137 miles away) and Roanoke (240 miles away) received the rest of the state’s Syrian refugees.
The federal government placed 21 Syrian refugees in the city of Roanoke (population 100,000), where the median household income ($39,530) falls well short of the statewide median ($64,792), according to U.S. Census data. Roanoke’s poverty rate, 21.9 percent, is almost double the state average of 11.8 percent. Despite having both fewer and poorer people than the wealthy suburbs outside the nation’s capital, Roanoke was tasked with resettling twice as many Syrian refugees.
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Hey stupid liberals with your walnut brains you want these so called refugeees you take them lets just move them into your exclusive eletists neighborhood
You don’t think these people are going to use other people’s money to settle these time bombs close to themselves, do you?
Dr J would you want or expect refugees to be put where rents are the highest ?
I can’t remember when conservatives were suggesting that any refugees from any country be put in the richest neighborhoods. Are you suggesting that should be done now? They have always been put where housing costs are low.
As far as the politics of Roanoke well according to wiki 2008 they voted over 60% for Obama (last year given)
Charlottesville voted 75% Obama
They were the only 2 of the places you mentioned that had election results in wiki
So it certainly DOES NOT look like the “liberals” did not accept the Syrians, does it?
As far as by county, that rich county Loudon that didn’t take any ? Hardly liberal they went for Romney 71% to 27% Obama. Looks like you didn’t bother to check facts there Dr J, but just went with what your gut KNEW would be correct http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/president/virginia/