Refugee life for three Iraqis in Chicago

Listen as Haya Hussein, a family caseworker for Arab American Family Services, translates the problems of these three Iraqi refugees. The issues that these refugees face are common issues in many different communities.

Mohammad Alfahmawy speaks about the benefits the refugees are supposed to be receiving, compared with those he received in Iraq.

[audio:http://immigrantconnect.medill.northwestern.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/mohammadbenefits.mp3]

Thamir Almadhi discusses the cycle of the language barrier holding him back from getting a good job. Though he has a survivor job, he still can’t pay his bills and goes further into debt.

[audio: http://immigrantconnect.medill.northwestern.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/thamerjob.mp3]

Kamil Alghzzawi speaks of two other problems refugees face. The first is rent, which can be a bigger problem than health care for many refugees, who in most cases receive Medicaid, but do not get much cash assistance to pay rent.

[audio:http://immigrantconnect.medill.northwestern.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/housing.mp3]

Another problem Alghzzawi and other refugees face is that of transportation. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago where there is limited public transportation, and he cannot afford a car.

[audio:http://immigrantconnect.medill.northwestern.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/transportation.mp3]

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