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Chicago’s global immigrants: Beyond the American dream

For many Chicago immigrants, the American dream is one of being in two places at once, living here and staking a claim to the future of the country they don’t have to leave behind.

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Back Home
Seniors and undocumented among Irish immigrants needing support

Today, immigrants who left Ireland in the 1950s and ’60s are senior citizens. Many have fallen through the cracks and are in need of services – and the Irish government has taken notice.


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The Migration
How, when and where are refugee camps started?

Angelo Rusconi arrived in Endebess, Kenya, in January 2008, just before a wave of post-election violence forced mountaintop villagers out of their homes, scattering them down into the valley below. Less than 48 hours later, he was tossing plastic tarps over tree branches, creating makeshift homes for hundreds of displaced Kenyans.


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Culture Shock
Damodhar Dhakal: Finding the time to adjust in the States

Damodhar Dhakal isn’t like most travelers. He came to the United States in March 2009 not just with one carry-on and a suitcase, but with his whole life. Dhakal is a refugee.


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Learning the Language
Reflections on a metal bench

Last summer I had the opportunity to visit the home my grandparents had shared in Manchester before immigrating to America. It meant little to me until after my experience on the uncomfortable park bench in Caen.


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Work, Jobs and Money
The journey back for young Pakistani Americans

First generation immigrant youth discuss traveling to Pakistan and how that affects their identity, image, and future relationship with Pakistan.


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Problems with Papers
An Iranian odyssey: A Chicago lawyer looks back

Over eight years, Azita Mojarad ping-ponged between eight countries, alone and undocumented. When she finally made it back to America in 1987, it was far from the dream she expected.


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Family
Sai Khon: Warrior of peace for the Shan people

The swords on his arm seem to clash with his easygoing nature, but it is clear that Sai has a mission…“I have to do something to protect our people, to protect our heritage. I want to let the world know: This is what’s going on in Burma.”


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Fearing the Law
Detainment: The struggle of those left waiting

Jennifer Zamora-Cisneros could not wait any longer to get her son’s hair trimmed. She had hoped that her husband would…


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Identity
Arab “whites” await the U.S. Census

In the U.S. Census’ most recent American Community Survey, it is estimated that 51,972 people of Arab descent currently live…


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Good Question
What type of financial assistance are refugees entitled to?

Akol was unaware of complexities that came with obtaining the luxuries he desired in Sudan and Kenya that in the U.S. were the basic staples of daily life.

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