Posted on October 28, 2023

NYC Is Offering Migrants Plane Tickets to Leave the City

Jacob Knutson, Axios, October 27, 2023

New York City has started offering migrants airplane tickets to destinations of their choosing in response to an increase of asylum seekers arriving in the city.

Why it matters: More than 130,600 people seeking refuge from humanitarian crises around the world have arrived in New York City since 2022. Mayor Eric Adams (D) has warned that the city is running out of space and resources to house them.

  • City officials have recently discussed giving migrants tents and creating encampments in parks, like Central Park and Prospect Park, and other outdoor spaces, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.
  • In recent weeks, the New York City Fire Department has closed multiple shelters for asylum seekers due to fire safety hazards, according to CBS News.

Details: A spokesperson for Adam said on Friday the city has set up a “reticketing center” where migrants can secure a plane ticket.