A Nation Engaged: Syrian Refugees And U.S. Refugee Policy
As we continue to explore the question of America's place in the world, we take a look at U.S. refugee policy. It's part of a nationwide collaboration with other NPR member stations called A Nation Engaged.
The UN is preparing for its first Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York on September 19, 2016, the White House announced it has met its pledge to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees for this past year.
As cities like Chicago welcome more refugees, additional resources and new housing and jobs policies are needed for successful resettlement.
We talk about what’s happening to refugees in Chicago with Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder and former president of the Syrian Community Network. The group has helped resettle 14 families in the Chicago area and 1,500 in the US. We also hear from Ali Aljundi, Syria project officer at Oxfam America. He's leading efforts to support those who’ve fled Syria.