A daughter of a refugee repays kindness by hosting migrants

A daughter of a refugee repays kindness by hosting migrants

The 2024 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow Anjana Sankar is based at CIS this semester, taking classes at MIT while embedding with The Boston Globe. An excerpt from her recent article with the Globe is featured below.

April 12, 2024 | Boston Globe | Anjana Sankar
Elizabeth Nguyen and family
Anjana Sankar
April 12, 2024
Boston Globe

Massachusetts is strapped for housing and struggling to find room for thousands of migrants. Elizabeth Nguyen and Oscar Quint have been doing their part to ease the pressure on the state's shelters by hosting one migrant family at a time in their three-story house in Malden.

In a modest room on the second floor of their house in a vibrant immigrant-rich neighborhood, they have sheltered new arrivals — Haitians, Kurds, Angolans, and Hondurans, among others — sometimes for a few days, sometimes for a month or more, until they were able to find other housing arrangements.

Nguyen says she can't imagine not opening her doors to people who deserve a new life.

“You cannot sleep at night when you have a spare room, knowing that another family is sleeping at the airport or out in the cold,” says Nguyen, who is a migrant justice worker and a minister.

Over the past year, thousands of migrants have flowed into Massachusetts from a tide of millions fleeing poverty, crime, war, or dictatorship in the Caribbean, Ukraine, Latin America, and Asia. The influx has overwhelmed the state's emergency shelter system, prompting Governor Maura Healey to urge homeowners to take in migrant families temporarily.

Read the rest of the article, originally published in the Boston Globe here.