Faces of Resettlement

This video shows five individuals who entered the United States as refugees, from Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Iraq, and Sudan. Each of them tells their own story of the ways in which they are rebuilding their lives in their new communities. Faces of Resettlement also includes interviews with receiving community members who have been deeply touched by the friendship and contributions of their newest neighbors.

Reflection Questions for Refugees:

  1. Zaw says that when you come to the United States, everything changes. How has your life changed since arriving in the United States? Which changes do you feel are positive? Which changes have been challenging? How do you think your life will change over time?
  2. Montaha says that things are challenging in the beginning, but that with hard work, goals can be achieved. Think about what you would like to achieve in the United States, for you and your family. What long-term goals do you have and how do you plan to achieve them? What are some first steps that you may take to achieve your goals?
  3. Adam says: “We took many things from American culture and we [also] give [good things] from our culture.” What parts of American culture are you looking forward to? What are some things from your culture that you would like to share with Americans?
  4. Kashi and Laetitia help their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Think about your skills and abilities. How can you share them with your new community in the United States?
  5. What are some of the opportunities that Zaw and Montaha said they had in the United States? What types of opportunities are you looking forward to having in the United States?

    Since we came, we consider this place our new home; we wanted to integrate right away and be contributing members of this community from day one.