How to make it as a refugee in America

Despite the U.S. aiming to admit 85,000 refugees this year—the most accepted in more than a decade—the odds of getting in for any given refugee are extremely low. Each must pass a rigorous screening process (involving iris scans and in-person interviews) conducted by the UN and multiple U.S. government agencies, including the National Counterterrorism Center and State Department. After arrival, life often gets better, but it’s a far cry from the increasingly distant comforts of…

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How to make it as a refugee in America

Despite the U.S. aiming to admit 85,000 refugees this year—the most accepted in more than a decade—the odds of getting in for any given refugee are extremely low. Each must pass a rigorous screening process (involving iris scans and in-person interviews) conducted by the UN and multiple U.S. government agencies, including the National Counterterrorism Center and State Department. After arrival, life often gets better, but it’s a far cry from the increasingly distant comforts of…

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