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Immigrant Connect and RefugeeLives present the first installment of our 2012 refugee stories. Please visit our companion site – Shifting…

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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.

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…

Culture Shock
Driving a cab: The African immigrant’s signature underemployment

Edwin Egbejimba put in the time and had the will, yet he was only able to achieve two of his dreams: getting an education and having children. Everything in the middle, for some reason or another, didn’t work out as planned.

Learning the Language
한국선거에 미국인구조사 도움 될까?

[Read the English translation for the story] 외국에 살고있는 한인들도  이제는 국내 선거에 참여할 수 있게 되었다. 이번에 새로 통과…

Work, Jobs and Money
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.

Problems with Papers
A prayer from immigrants who feel shunned

They came to sing, pray and share stories of losing their deported loved ones. Mostly it was a gathering of spiritual people who feel shunned from the table of American society.

Family
Deferred for the holidays

In one Chicago-area family, two siblings are in the process of securing DACA approval to work, go to school and avoid deportation for two years. The Parra family has much to celebrate this holiday season; a judge tossed out their father’s deportation thanks to the testimony of their younger brother.

Fearing the Law
Lessons in discrimination: Mariya’s memories of Baghdad

For Mariya, discrimination based on her Christian faith is a topic that often lurked close to home, especially after her two cousins, Remon and Admon, were kidnapped and presumably killed by Muslim terrorists.

Identity
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.

Good Question
Do refugees come to the United States with a clean bill of health?

The barrier to entry into the United States frequently comes in the form of one’s own immune system for refugees seeking resettlement in the United States. U.S. law stipulates that resettlement exists as a humanitarian policy for individuals who have faced or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular political group. But not all refugees fitting these criteria will be eligible for resettlement.

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