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Comment worth noting: Clarkston, Georgia saturated; refugee flow is being reduced

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 1, 2013

Reader Mr. Parker has sent us this news from Clarkston (below).    We previously mentioned what had happened to the town that was memorialized in the warm and fuzzy book—“Outcasts United”.

I titled my post at the time “Propaganda United” partly because it was being read across the country, including in Maryland, as one of those ‘diversity is beautiful’ One Books.

Debris from a condominium, left, in Brannon Hill (near Clarkston) remains five years after it was leveled. Units in several buildings, right, are in such poor repair that they have been boarded up for years. No money because area populated by Somalis says accompanying story. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

You might want to see what the General Accounting Office said about community overload in a report that came out  in July 2012. Clarkston is given as an example of how communities aren’t properly warned or prepared (see page 12-14).  Indeed no one really knew what was happening beginning in the 1990’s when refugees began “finding their way” to the town.   GAO tells us obliquely that one of the reasons the resettlement contractors don’t properly alert local governments and other “stakeholders” about the arrival of refugees is that they fear the local governments (and citizens generally) will object!

Is Georgia one of those red states being turned blue by demographics?   According to the 2009 ORR Annual Report to Congress (the most recent report we have due to ORR breaking the law and not producing the 2010, 2011, or 2012 reports!) Georgia was in the top ten states for refugee resettlement.  The total number of resettled refugees for 2009 was 3,258 (number does not include secondary migrants!) which doesn’t come close to the enormous numbers that went to California, Texas, and New York for example.

From that report we learned that only 24% of Georgia refugees able and willing to work found employment that year (down from 45% in FY 2008).   And, 51% of Georgia’s refugees are on some form of welfare (in California 80% are on welfare!).

Clarkston moratorium (on new resettlement, secondary migrants still coming)

This is what Mr. Parker (who helps refugees assimilate and survive in the Atlanta area) reported yesterday in response to my post on Red States turning Blue.  He says the Bhutanese/Nepalese are turning the area around Clarkston into Little Nepal and will improve it.

Thought you may want to know that Georgia is reducing refugee resettlement by 20%
and the city of Clarkston essentially asked for a moratorium.

The agencies agreed to only place folks in Clarkston if they already have relatiives there, as the city feels their resources are overextended.. What they do not realize is that many Bhutanese are moving to Clarkston from other states to be with family and because of the desire to be in the largest Bhutanese Nepali community in the US. We even had refugees from suburban Roswell with great schools and low crime move to Clarkston. As an experiment one agency placed 6 Bhuatanese in Roswell. Three have moved to Clarkston and one is going to Pennsylvania. What is ignored by the politicians is that there is a great economic benefit in Clarkston due to new ethnic businesses and that many families are buying homes in the area and utilizing stores in Clarkston.

If refugees are not placed in Clarkston, then there will be tons of empty apartment as whites will not move there and it becomes an African American ghetto. Also many refugees live in unincorporated DeKalb Count with a Clarkston address. Yes-our area is becoming a little Nepal,but there has been minimal crime committed by this population although some of the young men (5) have committed burglaries. No food stamp frauds either.

People also move to Atlanta for a better climate more similar to Nepal, a low cost of living and the truly international mix here. I am not surprised that other Southern cities are popular as it is no different then the rush by non refugees to the south over the last 20 years. I do not see any conspiracy by the way, I think the fact that is cheaper to live in Republican Southern states is the reason for placements and migration

On a sad note we had another Bhutanese suicide* in Clarkston-second in 3 months and 21st in the US. A young father stabbed himself to death. He was being evicted and was outstanding with rent for 3 months. He had gambling and drinking issues. He was Christian and his church was helping but no one saw this coming. The suicide rate amongst Nepali Bhutanese is twice the US average and was high in the camps.

There was actually a conference call with ORR on this issue on the same day that he died. Very hard to know how to predict/prevent this and suicides seem to be limited to this community mainly because of concerns about money, loss of community, family displacement all over the US and lack of language and awful jobs in the chicken plants, replacing Hispanics who left.

The photo is from this story about how the refugees flooding into Clarkston in previous years have driven out the white residents and brought more poverty and decay.  I first wrote about it here.  Don’t expect to see any balanced reporting any time soon in the mainstream media (including on Fox News) on changing demographics through refugee resettlement.

* We have written about the high Bhutanese suicide rate here.  Culture shock?  Twenty years of being cared for by the UN in camps in Nepal (in their own culture) didn’t prepare them for the joys of American cheap apartment living, bills to pay (like those airfare loans) and meatpacker employment.  Does it ever occur to the wizards at the State Department (Asst. Secretary of State for PRM in 2007, Ellen Sauerbrey, announced that we would take 60,000 Bhutanese over 5 years, a number we have already surpassed) that some people are better off being left in their own cultures and may not survive in America?

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2 Responses to “Comment worth noting: Clarkston, Georgia saturated; refugee flow is being reduced”

  1. […] refugees into Dekalb County!  That is why! (Just as they did in Detroit!) But, in fact as we learned here earlier this month they have slowed the flow of resettlements to the beleaguered city of  […]

  2. tomasrose said

    Don’t forget, like the Volags say, most of the refugees are “self-sufficient” within 3 months of arrival.
    But, using the July 2012 GAO report you reference, we find that one is considered officially “self-sufficient” even if receiving cash from SSI, foodstamps, medicaid,living in public housing with home heating help and a free cell phone to boot. The only program that would make you not “self-sufficient” is TANF.

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