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Syrian Refugees Join Family in Eugene

Anne Bridgman

Two Syrian refugees arrived last night at the Eugene Airport. The women are mother and stepmother to a pair of brothers who already live here.

The women have been living in Turkey for nearly 4 years after fleeing violence in Syria. Tom Mulhern is with Catholic Community Services, part of the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County.
Mulhurn: “Well, it was just a very touching, very gratifying, just a real heart-warming scene at the airport when they were able to get back together.”
Mulhern says it was especially sweet to see the women greet their grandchildren. He says volunteers gathered food and other supplies for the women to help in their transition. Others will help them learn English and adjust to life in the U.S.

Credit Anne Bridgeman
Two Syrian refugees arrive at Eugene Airport Tuesday night from Turkey.

There is another brother who is living as a refugee with his family in Turkey but they’re still waiting on visas in order to come here.
Since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, there has been a slowdown in the flow of refugees into the United States. The government has set an annual cap of 45,000 but Mulhern says there’ve been just over 10,000 this year.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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