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. Journalism students from Kent State University visited that neighborhood in the spring of 2022. Here are some of the stories they found there. Refugees share views on … Learning English Gaining independence Launching businesses … 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 … Support Educate Connect … refugees as they find a new home in Akron, Ohio.