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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
The memories that hang in a German boutique

Kaltenbach doesn’t like to think about her past and about the life she left behind when she was only 18 years old. “It’s not nice to remember. My brother doesn’t like to talk about it either,” she says. “I can only say it was terrible.”


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The Migration
Lessons from My Immigrant Father

  The backyard erupted with cheers when the team across the net missed the volleyball that my 62-year-old father had…


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Culture Shock
A Son Comes to Understand his Father’s Sacrifices

I began ripping off the wrapping paper and my eyes widened as the edge of the box for a purple…


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Learning the Language
Go west young Indian nurses

‘Life is full of choices…choose carefully,’ reads the wall poster at New Delhi’s Fateh Institute – a nurse’s first stop on the way to work in the West.


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Work, Jobs and Money
From Africa to Europe alone: Unaccompanied minors in the Canary Islands

What makes this journey even more difficult, as it is for so many other unaccompanied minors, is a complicated legal system that poses a whole new set of challenges when they do make it to Spain’s shores alive.


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Problems with Papers
No tweets like home. Vignettes on the powerful pull of “home”

Naturalization Poe Clee’s naturalization ceremony, he and 140 others at federal building in Chicago Poe Clee changes name, Karen refugee…


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Family
Nor Shahid: From one prison to another, a refugee struggles to find peace in freedom

After leaving war-torn Iraqi, Shahid searches for peace, control and job success in the United States. Unable to find it, she is considering returning home despite the danger.


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Fearing the Law
The screen of Chicago’s immigration courts

There is only a half-sheet of paper tacked to the courtroom door with the day’s cases. Four men, from three countries, with four different outcomes. Their cases offer a momentary glance into the nation’s diverse population of immigrant detainees.


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Identity
Finding a connection with a Holocaust survivor

In October 2010, I found myself sitting on a stage with nine other teenagers, waiting for a Holocaust survivor. We…


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Good Question
What happens to asylum-seekers when they are denied asylum?

Cynthia faced a dangerous outcome if she were denied asylum. She’d fled from Burundi and the ethnic violence between Hutus and Tutsis.

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