I have often wondering what goes into a refugee resettling in a different country, and this article answered some of that. It is fascinating to see how refugees preserve home culture while adapting to the new one, as well as keep contact with one another throughout.
Before reading this article I did not realize how different it was for refugees and immigrants. I don't think it is right to separate the refugees from other people of their culture. I think that they should be put with at least a few of their own people. I also don't understand why they are allowed to just move around as they please after they are placed. I also think it may be better if they were placed with a family so they could have a chance at a better life than living in a crappy apartment with factory jobs.
I always thought that it would be horrible to be a refugee because there are horrible events that usually accompany someone who becomes a refugee. These horrible events can include political unrest, religious persecution, or natural disasters. People who flee their home country to come to the US are usually searching for opportunities and more freedom. I don't think Americans really know what refugees go through to get here, and then to survive here when they are only usually equipped to to jobs that do not pay much and usually do not have the opportunities they dreamed of having when they came here.
This article was interesting to me because I had always thought that the difficult part of being a refugee was the escape from their home countries. I had not realized that the process to find a place to resettle was so lengthy. Two years seems like a long to wait in order to know if you’ll be able to go somewhere where your life isn’t in danger. I also had not realized how much they struggle after they are resettled. They are forced into low-paying jobs, making it difficult to pay the fees they owe to the government of their new countries. The housing is unsanitary, but they still prefer these circumstances to the ones in their countries. It was also interesting to see that they are able to preserve some elements of their culture despite the changes.
While understanding that migrating from one place to another as a result of some event, I did not realize that the length for refugees was two years. That is an extremely long period while anxiously awaiting to know where you will be going. One thing mentioned in class Tuesday shocked me. Refugees obtained low-paying jobs and must pay back the government for their airfare. Why are we willing to help so many other countries out (with nothing in return I might add) but we are going to ask these unfortunate individuals to pay back their airfare? To me, how unconstitutional! It is not like we are providing adequate housing, liking conditions, or in some cases basic necessities. These people have nothing so we should treat them as if they were our own and allow them the freedom they deserve.