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Immigrant communities cross the generational divide together

Immigrants tend to worry about their kids. After all, for many, that’s why they came to the United States. Will the opportunities be there? Will they fit in? Will they fit in too well and abandon their roots?

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Back Home
The doll that brings back Bogotá

Jacqueline was just one of many people that Laura had to leave in Colombia when she immigrated to the United States. “I was in shock for months just going through the motions”…


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The Migration
How, when and where are refugee camps started?

Angelo Rusconi arrived in Endebess, Kenya, in January 2008, just before a wave of post-election violence forced mountaintop villagers out of their homes, scattering them down into the valley below. Less than 48 hours later, he was tossing plastic tarps over tree branches, creating makeshift homes for hundreds of displaced Kenyans.


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Culture Shock
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.


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Learning the Language
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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Work, Jobs and Money
The right lane: Discoveries from a drive back home

I asked how it would feel when his wife finally arrived. “Right,” he answered in a thick accent. It would feel “right” when she reached New York.


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Problems with Papers
Arab “whites” await the U.S. Census

In the U.S. Census’ most recent American Community Survey, it is estimated that 51,972 people of Arab descent currently live…


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Family
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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Fearing the Law
A Korean-Russian discovers the Bill of Rights

People often say they don’t like airports because of all the time spent “waiting around.” For Evgeniya and her family, this waiting period lasted for seven months. Upon arriving at JFK, they discovered that they’d been swindled.


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Identity
African activism coming off the sidelines

The immigration office, where individuals finish their citizenship documents, is the birthplace of African political activism. “In that room is a future alderman… in that room is the American dream,” says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


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Good Question
Is the U.S. government the only agency to provide funding and other support for refugees? Who else is involved and what do they typically provide?

“The funds that refugee resettlement agencies get from the federal government is simply not enough,” says Greg Wangerin, executive director of RefugeeOne. “We need to find additional sources of money to welcome refugees with dignity to enable them to get started in a new life.”

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