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Refugee Students in Baltimore


The Congo, Syria, Iraq. Refugees from these countries and others now call Baltimore home. Nearly half of the refugees resettled in Maryland are children or young adults. How do school-age refugees navigate this dramatic transition? A new language, unfamiliar customs, the culture shock of life in America. We hear from a refugee from Eritrea who recently graduated from St. Mary’s College, a teacher who works with refugee and immigrant students at Digital Harbor High School, and the head of the International Rescue Committee, a resettlement agency in the city. Plus, we catch up with Baltimore Sun reporter Liz Bowie, whose series last year profiled refugee students at Patterson High School. 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.