Thursday, November 9, 2023

NYC’s ‘reticketing center’ Gives Migrants Free One-Way Airfares to Anywhere Else But Here; New York City Offering Migrants Plane Tickets Out of the City: 'We're out of space'

NYC’s ‘reticketing center’ gives migrants free one-way airfares to anywhere else but here:
New York City is now steering migrants to a new “reticketing center” where they can secure a free one-way plane ticket anywhere in the world — as Mayor Eric Adams scrambles to free up space in the Big Apple’s already-overburdened shelter system.
The center, which is located in a repurposed church office in the East Village, was recently set up with the sole purpose of purchasing tickets for asylum seekers who want to leave town, City Hall officials confirmed to The Post.
“With no sign of a decompression strategy in the near future, we have established a reticketing center for migrants,” a spokesperson for Mayor Adams said.
“Here, the city will redouble efforts to purchase tickets for migrants to help them take the next steps in their journeys, and it helps us triage operations at The Roosevelt for new arrivals.”
The cost of buying a plane ticket is, in some cases, cheaper than the $380 it sets the city back per day to house an asylum seeker in one of its shelters.
Some of the migrants who have taken up the city’s offer have already booked plane tickets as far away as Morocco, Politico reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the asylum seekers — or how many of them — have requested to go.
Several migrants who spoke to The Post outside the reticketing center on Friday claimed officials had told them to head to the address after reaching their stay limit at city-run shelters – but failed to mention it was for the purpose of getting an airfare. --->READ MORE HERE
New York City Offering Migrants plane tickets out of the city: 'We're out of space'
New York City is offering one-way plane tickets to migrants who have arrived in the self-described "sanctuary" city as it struggles to deal with a migrant crisis it says is overwhelming its capacity.
The city is opening a "reticketing center" for migrants, where a spokesperson said the city will "redouble efforts to purchase tickets for migrants" who are seeking to travel elsewhere.
The city has already been helping migrants to travel out of the city for over a year. In June, data from Politico showed that the Big Apple spent approximately $50,000 in a one-year period to resettle dozens of migrants in different parts of the U.S. as well as other countries, including South American nations and even China. But this new center is an additional effort to shift migrants out of the city.
"As we have said repeatedly, with more than 133,400 asylum seekers that have come through our city asking for shelter since the spring of 2022, New York City is far past its breaking point," a spokesperson said. "For months, Mayor Adams has warned that without substantive help from our state and federal partners, this crisis could begin to play out on city streets."
"We have opened more than 210 emergency shelters in response to this crisis, and simply put, we’re out of space," they said.
The spokesperson said the reticketing center will also help the city triage operations for new arrivals at the Roosevelt Hotel, which has been repurposed into a shelter for migrants and saw migrants camped out on the streets around it earlier this year. --->READ MORE HERE
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