Pittsburgh's Melting Pot Mission

The melting pot of the early 1900s helped build Pittsburgh.  But today, city leaders struggle to attract and retain a working class immigrant population. Beyond the immigrants, how does the region integrate the growing number of refugees? Studies show that cities thrive economically, socially and culturally with active programs that welcome and retain new arrivals. Who are the people and organizations working on this mission – and how are the immigrants and refugees faring in Pittsburgh so far?

Pittsburgh's Melting Pot Mission aired on Oct 13, 2016.

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