For Refugees in America, Even the Light Switches Can Be Bewildering

Getting into the U.S. is Hard. Adapting to Life Here Is Harder Still.

Klimek on refugees ART

In the aftermath of the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, politicians in the U.S. have voiced skepticism about the arrival of foreigners on their shores—and even question the motives of refugees, who are protected by international conventions. These attacks did not involve refugees, but the anti-foreigner rhetoric has become so overheated that it has raised fresh doubts about how refugees are resettled in the U.S. and, once here, how they integrate into our society.

The security concerns are understandable, but largely misplaced. Unlike what has been happening in Europe, …

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