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Source: City & State NY
Subject: Civil Rights & Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Survey: Some asylum-seeker parents haven’t been able to get their children enrolled in NYC schools

The study by Make the Road New York and Hester Street also found migrants faced hurdles in finding lawyers and getting transportation, among other needs.

Around a quarter of the 461 asylum-seeker parents who participated in a newly released survey from advocacy groups Make the Road New York and Hester Street said they haven’t been able to enroll all of their children in a New York City public school.

While the survey’s findings are far from conclusive – its total 766 respondents represent a fraction of the over 46,000 migrants currently in the city’s care – it offers a snapshot into the resource gaps asylum-seekers are experiencing as they work to build a life in New York City. In addition to noting the number of parents who struggled to get their children enrolled in school, the survey noted a myriad of challenges migrants have faced, including finding a lawyer, accessing reliable transportation, and meeting their basic needs.