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Safe haven from trauma and torture: World’s refugees resettle in Chicago

The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti has refocused attention on the world’s trauma victims. They are far too many to count, and the aftershocks to them, their families, and the world around them are immeasurable, yet numbingly real and lasting.

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Pakistani Americans mobilize for the election…back in Pakistan

With the burgeoning involvement in politics not just in America, but also in Pakistan, second and third generation Pakistani-Americans are laying claim to their rights both as American citizens and Pakistani descents.

Culture Shock
Khadga Darnal: Staying connected with Nepali culture through YouTube

The 64-year-old Bhutanese refugee uses the computer to connect with his Nepali culture. Even though Darnal can’t read or write in either Bhutanese or English, his 8-year-old grandson Divas taught him how to find Nepali films and music on YouTube.com.

Learning the Language
The catch with French égalité: Fraying the educational lifeline

Newly arrived migrant children may represent only 0.4% of the student body, a number which has remained steady for the past half-decade, but the challenge for the French education system is significant.

Work, Jobs and Money
Indian students find comforts of home in the confines of school

Even after Indian immigrants become acclimated to the new culture in America, they might not feel comfortable in a college classroom setting. This is why relations with professors and faculty are so important, can impact students positively or negatively, and are imperative to success in higher education.

Problems with Papers
Undocumented youth struggle with anxiety, depression

Joaquin Luna, an 18-year-old undocumented student from Texas, committed suicide after Thanksgiving last year, reportedly due to concerns about his immigration status. The story put a national spotlight on the adverse effects of immigration policy on the mental health of undocumented youth. With DACA in place a year later, but a permanent path to immigration reform remaining uncertain, it’s too early to tell if anxiety or depression has been alleviated for undocumented youth.

Family
For Arabs, there’s more to American citizenship than voting

Immigrants who come here…reap many benefits from obtaining American citizenship, some of which include alleviation of deportation fears, the ability to bring relatives into the country and financial aid for schooling. Other Arab immigrants say it means a lot more.

Fearing the Law
Tekie Tsegay: An Eritrean refugee struggles to find work in Chicago

“I was waiting years in Eritrea under conscription, then five years [in the refugee camp], then waited another month here for papers, and now wait more?” asks Tekie Tsegay. “No, no more waiting, now living…life [was] on hold.”

Identity
Emboldened to talk about genocide

Sugi is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who now lives in Paris. Sugi is also an aspiring journalist with an interesting story who spends time on Facebook. Just like me.

Good Question
Asylum – how does it work?

“Asylum, or political asylum, is a form of protection for people who fear harm or persecution in their home country.”

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