Challenges Immigrants and Refugees Face in the US


One would think that once the refugees arrived in the United States of America, their problems would be over. This is not the case at all. When refugees and migrants arrive at our borders, they face several challenges.

Here are some examples:

1. Language barriers

Let's be honest; America isn't exactly known for its multilingualism. Suppose you can't communicate in English here. Try getting a job, making friends, or even doing simple things like grocery shopping and filling out paperwork.

2. Raise children and help them with academic activities.

Raising children in a new foreign culture is one of the biggest challenges facing refugee and immigrant parents. Parents often find that their children are rapidly "Americanizing," which may not be in keeping with their own culture. Also, children learn English much faster than their parents. This destroys the parent-child relationship, and you can bet young people, especially teens, will take advantage of it.

Parents are often upset when they see their children struggling at school, and many parents report discrimination and bullying due to cultural differences. Children are often grouped according to their age rather than ability, making it almost difficult for those who do not understand English to stay awake. To make matters worse, parents may not have the knowledge or language skills needed to help their children, and they may not be able to talk to teachers to resolve issues.

3. Work Safety

While most refugees and immigrants are ready to take any job they come across when they first arrive in the United States, finding a job and working your way up the corporate ladder is extremely difficult. Even if you don't consider undocumented immigrants who face additional difficulties finding work, in jobs you probably won't be doing (like carpentry), difficulty communicating in English is a big problem. Refugees and migrants who are well-educated and have held high-paying jobs in their home countries find it annoyed that they cannot find similar opportunities here. Employers prefer candidates who have worked in the United States, and qualifications earned abroad are rarely inherited. So it's not uncommon for your taxi driver to have worked as a lecturer or engineer in the past.

4. Secure the housing

I don't need to tell you how much safe and affordable housing costs. Imagine trying this while working in a low-paying job. As a result, large families often choose to live together, resulting in stressful, noisy environments that are not suitable for studying or sleeping.

Refugees and migrants are exploited again, this time by their landlords.

5. Access to Services

Undocumented immigrants struggle to receive benefits due to fear of deportation. As a result, individuals delay seeing a doctor or seeking services such as legal advice when they need it urgently.

It is not always clear who is the legal resident of the country. English is difficult, it is difficult to ask for leave, and transportation is limited.

Getting help for mental health issues is very difficult. Refugees and migrants often face abuse, rape and even torture, but they may not know where to go for help. Additionally, many cultures treat mental health issues as taboo, creating additional barriers for those in need.

6. Walk around

Transportation problems, such as language problems, affect almost every area of refugee and immigrant life.

Obtaining a legal or unlicensed driver's license is very difficult for a variety of reasons. Those who don't speak English need translations, which are hard to find.