[hackerspaces] Refugee Memberships...

Sam Ley sam.ley at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 17:12:41 CET 2015

I appreciate that some hackerspaces are looking for ways to become a good
resource for resettling refugees. I have a friend who spent many years
volunteering with refugee resettlement groups here in Colorado and always
reminded people how much refugees are disconnected from the basic services
of society, and how just introductions to people and services in the
community means a lot for their successful resettlement.

Regarding tech bases, Syrians in general are quite a bit better educated
than the neighboring countries - until recently it was considered
prosperous for the region. And since it takes resources to flee, we are
getting the most educated groups - among adult Syrian refugees admitted to
the US, their level of education is higher than the US population at large,
meaning if you approached a group of adult Syrian refugees for hackerspace
membership, you'd be more likely to get college educated people than if you
approached a random group of US citizens.

Syria may not have a huge tech industry or a lot of exports (certainly not
now), but that doesn't mean the citizens are dumb, or otherwise not
interested in or in need of educational resources once they arrive.



On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM, Danyelle Davis <ddavis at codetemptress.net>

> Lol wow.
> On Wed, Dec 2, 2015, 10:59 AM Danilo <mail at dbrgn.ch> wrote:
>> Am Mi, 2. Dez 2015, um 10:44, schrieb matt:
>> Syria is not known for it's tech base.
>> Yeah, people form Syria are primitive people that dwell in caves and
>> don't have any education whatsoever.
>> https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/Syria
>> Cheerio from the enlightened central Europe
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