Atlanta’s Refugee Community
A state known for its southern hospitality, Georgia has long been a popular landing pad for many refugees arriving in the U.S.
The “Peach State” welcomed just under 1,000 refugees in the final fiscal quarter of 2016 alone, surpassed only by a handful of larger, more populated states including California and Texas.
The majority of these have settled in a 1.4 square mile stretch of land in East Atlanta, a little town called Clarkston. But what makes this former farmland a desirable destination for new arrivals? The answer lies in its proximity to Atlanta, which puts it just within reach of public transportation, while being far enough away for plenty of affordable housing.