Thousands fleeing violence and oppression abroad have settled in Georgia in recent decades, many in the city of Clarkston, 10 miles east of Atlanta. A summer camp there has been helping refugee children transition to life in the U.S.
In the early 20th century, millions of immigrants streamed through Ellis Island. And you could say Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is playing a similar role in the early 21st century. Atlanta has become a gateway for thousands upon thousands of immigrant into the Southeast and beyond. In May, Mayor Kasim Reed appointed a working group tasked with smoothing the transition of those immigrants into society. Adam Ragusea, host of GPB Macon’s Morning Edition, spoke with the group’s co-chair Jeffrey Tapia, who is also head of the Latin American Association in Atlanta. She says their recommendations are taking shape.