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A college education is often seen as the ticket; to financial stability, to a job, to self-respect. Immigrants come to…

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Ali Allami: Safe now to make Kima Temin

The five of us gather around the coffee table in the living room. On a folding, glass table between Haydar and Ali there’s a laptop. The web cam is looking out at the dinner party to show Ali’s brother in Yemen the meal we are sharing.

The Migration
What happens if a refugee and family move from the location or state where they were originally placed?

Before finalizing the decision to move, refugees are strongly advised to inform their refugee resettlement agency, more specifically their case manager, as soon as possible. They will be helped with the logistics of moving as well as contacting agencies in the new state for future reference.

Culture Shock
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.

Learning the Language
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.

Work, Jobs and Money
Transferring degrees, transferring lives

Nostrification is complicated; most people have never heard the word. It’s the process of recognizing a degree from a foreign university, and for Poles, language barriers, financial issues, and life’s tradeoffs often get in the way.

Problems with Papers
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…

Phe Tu Lun: Burmese refugee redefines his role as a father

After 18 years living in a refugee camp in Burma, Phe Tu Lun brought his wife and six children to the United States to escape the violence and create a new life. In Chicago, Phe Tu Lun is able to provide for his family in ways he’s always dreamed of.

Fearing the Law
As demand for U Visa grows, visa’s future for abused women uncertain

As the demand for U Visas grows both nationally and in Chicago, partisan rancoring on Capitol Hill is leaving the future of the visa for abused women unclear.

Filipino immigrants stepping onto the political scene

Historically Filipinos have been less politically active than other immigrant groups in Chicago due to corrupt politics in their home country and a colonial mentality that remains a part of many Filipinos’ psychological mindset. Jessica O’Brien may be proof that this trend is reversing with second-generation Filipino immigrants.

Good Question
Housing Crisis: How can immigration help?

Restinas pointed out that much of the current home-buying pool is made up of the foreign-born population who need somewhere to stay with their families, and that we should embrace this trend and take advantage of the market.

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