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Se See Lia: Finding a way through oppression and debt

Lia sees a way through it. She always has. “I’m free to come and go to every state,” she says. “When in camp, just live in the camp. Some lady told me, ‘have you been to Bangkok?’ I just heard about Bangkok, but never been because no paper to go. But now, free to travel, free to visit.”


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The Migration
How do refugees get chosen for admission into countries that accept them for resettlement?

Waiting in a potentially unending state of limbo, refugees cannot decide when they will leave the refugee camp, where they will go, or even under what circumstances.


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Culture Shock
The Other Boys of Summer

With the help of a group of cricket players in Washington Park, H. Jose Bosch tries to make sense of the game of the game of cricket and why it means so much to those who play it.


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Learning the Language
Finding work: Shoutout to Julia Rose’s Refugee Job Fair

What makes matters worse is the reality that many refugees come from high-ranking careers in their home countries and end up in menial jobs here in the U.S.


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Work, Jobs and Money
Cambodia’s Vietnamese community drawn into commercial sex industry

“Girls are often kept by the purchaser for two to four weeks and then returned back home where they attend school and do household chores as if nothing happened,” said Brown.


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Problems with Papers
The political mosh pit and the nation of immigrants

Why does our political mosh pit need so badly to dishonor her, and terrorize those – children and adults – who’ve lived here for five years or more and yearn to breathe free and stay?


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Family
Terra Nullius And Bold Lines

At 18 [Canada] would deport her, she feared, and with only a month left, she was ill-advised by a priest to sneak into America illegally on the assurance that his prayers would get her in.


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Fearing the Law
Desperate and alone: Unaccompanied minors traveling to the U.S. in record numbers seek legal aid

Privacy lawyer Sachi Jepson looked forward to working at an international law firm in Washington D.C. because of the firm’s…


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Identity
Documentary: In Memory of Anass

As the war in Iraq escalated, many Iraqis took refuge in Chicago. Here is one family’s story.


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Good Question
Chicago: Sanctuary city? What does that mean for Chicago’s illegal population?

Padilla’s case illustrates the confusion and frustration of many in Chicago’s immigrant communities when it comes to the question of legal sanctuary…The local sanctuary measures create a sort of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on illegal immigration.

Padilla, just one month shy of his 21st birthday, was on his way home from a friend’s place, where he said he’d drunk three or four beers. His 1992 Honda Accord swerved as it headed westbound through the 4400 block of Marquette Road on the city’s southwest side, according to a police report of the incident.

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