The Lives of Iraqi Refugees in the US

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Basim was born in Iraq and now calls Staten Island home. Basim was born in Iraq and now calls Staten Island home. (Danny Goldfield)

In the years since the start of the war in Iraq, thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes and sought refuge in neighboring countries like Jordan and Syria, but also here in the United States. San Diego, California is home to one of the largest Iraqi populations in the country, but many of them are facing hardships to create a happy home for themselves and their families. 

Jill Replogle, is a reporter for the Fronteras Desk, a multimedia collaboration among seven public radio stations and she has been covering the lives of many of these Iraqi refugees, including professionals trying to find a job and families waiting for kin to arrive from Syria.

Correction: A version of this story reported more than 13,000 Iraqi refugees have relocated to San Diego County. That is the total number of refugees of all nationalities that have moved to the county since 2005. Of those, more than 8,000 are Iraqi.

Guests:

Jill Replogle

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

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Interesting how it slipped by that many of these refuges are Christians escaping persecution and then quickly brushed aside. There will probably be a large number of Egyptian Coptic Christians following them soon.

Nov. 02 2011 01:21 PM

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