By Kelly Krabill, class of 2022

Over the past decade, more than 3,200 refugees have fled war or persecution for Akron, Ohio.

Their influence is most strongly felt in North Hill, where immigrants from more than a dozen different nations work and live. Kent State University visited that neighborhood during the spring semesters of 2022 and 2023. Here are some of the stories they found there.

Refugees share views on …

… and on why they left home.

Fazal Baryalai was a public official in Afghanistan. In Akron, he is starting over as a student and gas station worker.

Volunteers, immigration workers and others in the resettlement community work to …

… refugees as they find a new home in Akron, Ohio.