A Nation Engaged: Syrian Refugees And U.S. Refugee Policy

Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, rear, a Syrian refugee that arrived with his family in the United States this week, poses with the family in El Cajon, Calif. The family members are his wife Rajaa Abdo Altaleb, back left, son Mohammad Fawzi Jouriyeh, back right, daughter Hanan Nadim Jouriyeh, right, Farouq Nadim Jouriyeh, front center, and Hamzeh Nadim Jouriyeh, front left. San Diego’s newest Syrian refugee arrivals include the Jouriyeh family of six from the city of Homs.
Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, rear, a Syrian refugee that arrived with his family in the United States this week, poses with the family in El Cajon, Calif. The family members are his wife Rajaa Abdo Altaleb, back left, son Mohammad Fawzi Jouriyeh, back right, daughter Hanan Nadim Jouriyeh, right, Farouq Nadim Jouriyeh, front center, and Hamzeh Nadim Jouriyeh, front left. San Diego’s newest Syrian refugee arrivals include the Jouriyeh family of six from the city of Homs. Lenny Ignelzi / AP Photo
Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, rear, a Syrian refugee that arrived with his family in the United States this week, poses with the family in El Cajon, Calif. The family members are his wife Rajaa Abdo Altaleb, back left, son Mohammad Fawzi Jouriyeh, back right, daughter Hanan Nadim Jouriyeh, right, Farouq Nadim Jouriyeh, front center, and Hamzeh Nadim Jouriyeh, front left. San Diego’s newest Syrian refugee arrivals include the Jouriyeh family of six from the city of Homs.
Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, rear, a Syrian refugee that arrived with his family in the United States this week, poses with the family in El Cajon, Calif. The family members are his wife Rajaa Abdo Altaleb, back left, son Mohammad Fawzi Jouriyeh, back right, daughter Hanan Nadim Jouriyeh, right, Farouq Nadim Jouriyeh, front center, and Hamzeh Nadim Jouriyeh, front left. San Diego’s newest Syrian refugee arrivals include the Jouriyeh family of six from the city of Homs. Lenny Ignelzi / AP Photo

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.