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Buffalo's population on the rise as 2020 census approaches, mayor says

Buffalo's population is increasing for the first time in 70 years, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Sunday.

During an appearance at World Refugee Day in Buffalo, Brown predicted the 2020 census will show the city with its first population increase since 1950.

The mayor attributed the increase to a wide range of factors, most notably the influx of refugees in recent years.

"We have established a very robust effort to make sure every City of Buffalo resident is counted," Brown said Sunday.

He also applauded the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision at least temporarily prohibiting census takers from asking about a person's citizenship and suggested it would have had a "chilling effect" on the overall count.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, a Buffalo Democrat, noted that several local refugee communities are engaged in active campaigns to recruit refugees from other cities.

He said the local Burmese community has a Facebook page touting Buffalo's advantages to other Burmese communities.

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