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Somali refugees who came to the United States to start a new life are fleeing to Canada - Somali
Source: Voice of America Somali, a radio story boradcast out of Washington, DC.
Translated Summary: The refugees who fled the war-torn country of Somalia came to the United States of America to start a new life. Unfortunately, the new immigration policies being implemented by the Republican leadership have left many Somali immigrants and refugees in a state of limbo. This is due to the fact that they have been living in the country for many years but lack proper legal immigration documents. The new administration has been putting into effect new immigration regulations that are based on racial biases held in the American public. According to interviewees, President Donald Trump, his administration and his supporters do not view the Somali people due to the fact that they are black, Muslim and immigrants. Many of the immigrants who have sought refuge in Canada since the new American administration came to power have found that they were plagued with a lot of the same difficulties when they came to Canada. They have found language barriers, a lack of job opportunities, a harsh climate and a general lack of hope for a prosperous future in Canada, which is similar to the problems that they had faced in the US. They are also struggling with additional problems because it often takes several years for their immigration cases to be processed. This causes Somali immigrants to struggle with trauma, psychological problems and a general lack of hope, which is negatively affecting their lives.
Originally aired March 5 2018.