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Bulgarian immigrants may abandon Obama, but voting participation unclear

“There are many Bulgarians here in this city,” says Kosta Svirkov, of Arlington Heights, with a contented smile on his face. “In this particular moment, it is as if I am in Bulgaria again, in my place. Svirkov was one of about 200 Bulgarians who gathered at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on May 19, to meet Rosen Pleneliev, the newly elected Bulgarian president.


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The Migration
Thoung Shwe: A Burmese refugee with time to share

Thoung Shwe hails from Burma (now Myanmar), a country where people’s first and last names are indivisible yet civil war has rendered the country divided between the Burmese majority and the persecuted Karen ethnic minority, to which he belongs.


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Culture Shock
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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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
How are refugees treated in other countries compared with the U.S.?

“We [in the United States] have one of the more punitive systems in the world… The sad thing is that a lot of the world is not very different from us [in the United States],” Tidwell Cullen says.


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Problems with Papers
Angy, asked and answered

I saw my 46-year-old father slowly kneel on the ground next to my mother, who scurried to hold him back up. “I’m so sorry, Yoona, and I’m so sorry to your mom,” he whispered. “I’m an illegal and I’m so sorry I can’t be the husband or father I want to be.”


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Family
Reclaiming roots: Young Russian Americans find – and preserve – their identity

The fire was also an attack on Tsetlin’s place – her family’s place. It was the first synagogue where her brother worked, the synagogue that guided her family in their first few years as immigrants, the synagogue of her childhood.


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Fearing the Law
Somali reunion: Shoutout to the New York Times’ “A California Reckoning in a Case of Abuses Abroad”

What happens when the standard-issue heartwarming success story of refugee migration to the United States doesn’t have a happy ending? What happens when a safe haven turns out to be just as dangerous as home?


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Identity
Poe Clee: Resettled refugee prepares to return home

Burmese refugee Poe Clee was resettled in Chicago after living in refugee camps in Thailand for 17 years. Now that he has finally arrived in the U.S., he has a new focus: returning home to help his people.


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Good Question
How are refugees treated in other countries compared with the U.S.?

“We [in the United States] have one of the more punitive systems in the world… The sad thing is that a lot of the world is not very different from us [in the United States],” Tidwell Cullen says.

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