Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, over five million people have been forced to flee their homeland. Of these refugees, just under 21,000 have been accepted into the United States–often after years of being waitlisted. Upon arrival, refugees are provided with interpreters, home and job placement, and assistance applying for financial aid programs. However, they only have eight months before they are required to be entirely self-sufficient. THIS IS HOME follows four Syrian families on this eight-month journey as they adapt to life in the United States. Battling grief, recovering from trauma, and moving through cultural and language barriers, the adjustment is not easy. Even small tasks such as navigating the city bus or grocery shopping can be overwhelming, and most refugees must accept low-wage, entry-level positions, no matter the profession they left behind. Despite the hardship, the resilience and courage of the Syrian people is powerful and, in defiance of the current political climate, there are many Americans who offer kindness and support.
How does resettlement turn into home?
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