As more becomes known after the recent attacks in Paris, France, including IS taking responsibility, certain voices whisper through the cries of sorrow that refugees are complicit in this act of depravity. Next America has covered refugees in the U.S. for years. We've gathered some of those stories here to offer a picture we believe more closely reflects who refugees are, the sacrifices they make when they are forced to leave their homelands, and how much they endure once they arrive here.
After Refugees Wash Ashore Syrians are heading to the United States. But the system that awaits them has proved perilous for others. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images) As the soldiers shouted and took aim, he hurriedly floated downstream far enough to gain distance from his captors, eventually running out of sight. Why Syrian Refugees Might Settle in These U.S. Cities We look at how they’re likely to be a boon rather than a burden to these places. (FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images) Stories of horror and unimaginable loss experienced by Syrian refugees have refocused international attention to the region’s immense human suffering. Detroit Is a Dream Come True for Iraqi Refugees When you’ve grown up in Baghdad and been driven out of your home by militants, even America’s most struggling city is a welcome sight. (Courtesy of National Journal) It took years of waiting, but finally she got the call: A United Nations refugee officer confirmed that he, his wife, and their three children would be joining Al Saady’s mother in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, home to the largest Middle Eastern community in the U.S. Soccer Program Helps Refugee Kids Fit In At School The ‘universal sport’ has helped children from war-torn countries make friends and settle into the Baltimore public schools. (Emily Jan) “It’s the universal game and brings people together from all over the world.” How Some Refugees in Seattle Learned to Trust the Police Oromo, Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees participate in city of Seattle's first Refugee Women's Institute (Bianca Young/ City of Seattle) The police department in Seattle faces a real challenge: More immigrants and refugees are settling in, but they’re mostly afraid of police. Some are even afraid of calling 911. Report Finds Harsh Conditions at Immigration Detention Centers A government study details the rights violations in government-run and private facilities. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) In theory, detention is temporary and for administrative purposes only. In reality, apprehended children are often detained for longer periods of time than necessary. Young, Alone and Undocumented Guillermo fled El Salvador alone last year, fearing for his life. He was among 68,000 other unaccompanied minors who made the perilous trip across the U.S. border. Now, Guillermo must traverse an overwhelmed immigration system. (Emily Jan) These unaccompanied minors overwhelmed an immigration system ill-equipped to handle them. Former Sudanese ‘Lost Boy’ is Now a U.S. Diplomat Gai Nyok is among the success stories from a U.S. amnesty program for refugee children orphaned by the second Sudanese civil war. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Gai Nyok, one of 25,000 Sudanese orphaned by civil war—better known as the “lost boys”—has been sworn in as foreign-service officer for the U.S. State Department.