DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Efforts are moving forward to make Detroit a destination for refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries.

City officials working with clergy and community groups on resettlement efforts have held sessions in the mayor’s office. Alexis Wiley, Mayor Mike Duggan’s chief of staff, told The Detroit News another meeting is Friday at City Hall with 30 faith-based leaders.

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Duggan has said Detroit can support 50 Syrian families annually for the next three years.

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Duggan’s Department of Neighborhoods for District 1 had invited people to discuss refugee possible resettlement in the blighted Brightmoor neighborhood at a meeting next week. The newspaper says, however, that it inquired about the meeting and was told it was being postponed.

Wiley says resettlement agencies would decide where in Detroit refugees would be housed.

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