Concord Monitor Editorial: “Refugees Face Unnecessarily Rough Start”

[August 9, 2009] “In the past seven years, 2,282 refugees have resettled in New Hampshire, nearly 600 in Concord. They have arrived from Bosnia, Nepal, Sudan, Rwanda, Iraq and beyond. For many, their initial integration into everyday life has been difficult and even frightening.

“After fleeing war and persecution in their homelands, many refugees have received inadequate money, food and assistance to successfully navigate daily existence in New Hampshire. Many have trouble getting to work or English lessons because public transportation is scarce. Some have experienced racism on the job and in school. While some have learned to love their new lives here, others have left – looking for better work, better transportation and a larger ethnic community…” To read the full Concord Monitor article, click here.

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