A surprising salve for New York’s beleaguered cities: Refugees

A surprising salve for New York’s beleaguered cities: Refugees

Refugees settling in the beleaguered communities along New York’s old Erie Canal have been a surprising salve for decades of dwindling population and opportunity. Impact has been both low-budget and high-tech: Foreign-born students have flocked to programs — and paid tuition and fees — at upstate schools offering advanced scientific degrees, while street-level entrepreneurs have started shops.