By Paul Argodale Immigrants faced hurdles from day one. As when the Pilgrims suffered through their first harsh New England winter, succeeding generations of immigrants have had their own struggles and hardships in this new land.
The 7 biggest challenges facing refugees and immigrants in the US Moving nations comes with some big challenges. I was working with several refugee groups in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over the span of one year I found myself constantly impressed and amazed at their perseverance and strength.
You would think that the struggles faced by refugees would be over once they arrived in the land of the free, right? And so did many of the refugees I worked with.
I learned, however, that this is far from the case. Refugees, and immigrants especially, are faced with many barriers once they arrive on our shores. Here are just a few: So imagine arriving here, unable to speak English.
Try getting a job, making friends, or even completing basic tasks like buying food or filling out forms. To address this, many refugees and immigrants take ESL classes, but finding the time between jobs and caring for kids can be difficult.
Raising children and helping them succeed in school Flickr: Lumina Foundation One of the biggest obstacles refugees and immigrant parents report is raising their children in a new, unfamiliar culture.
Additionally, kids tend to pick up English much faster than their parents. This throws off the parent-child dynamic, and you know that kids, especially teens, are going to use this to their advantage.
With regards to school, parents often feel disappointed to see their children struggling to keep up in class, and many parents report bullying and discrimination as a result of cultural differences. To add further insult to injury, parents may not have the education or language skills to assist their children, and they may not be able to communicate with faculty to address the problem.
Wonderlane While most refugees and immigrants are happy to take whatever job is available when they first enter the country, finding a job, and slowly moving up the ladder, is incredibly difficult.
Even if you ignore undocumented immigrants who face additional challenges securing work, trouble speaking English is a major problem in positions you might not expect like labor.
Additionally, refugees and immigrants are easy victims for discrimination and exploitation in the workplace. Some employers recognize the sense of urgency and desperation among these groups to keep their jobs, so they will have them take the less desirable and even dangerous roles.
So imagine trying to obtain that with low-paying jobs. For that reason, large families often choose to live together, creating stressful, noisy environments that are hardly conducive to studying or resting.
Again, refugees and immigrants fall victim to exploitation, this time from their landlords. In Utah, for instance, I worked with a group of Karen refugees from Myanmar who were forced to live in apartments known by the landlord to have bedbugs.
Once, one of those buggers was spotted, the families would be forced to pay an expensive fee to have them removed, and the landlord would attempt to charge them additional fees or threaten to kick them out. Unable to speak English and unfamiliar with our laws, many of the families complied- even though it was clearly a scam.
Accessing mental health issues is especially problematic. Many times, refugees and immigrants have been exposed to violence, rape, even torture- but they may not know how to seek help. Furthermore, mental health issues are taboo in many cultures, creating an additional barrier for those in need.
For those who are able to successfully obtain the services they need, the experience is usually negative. Like language barriers, trouble with transportation is an issue that affects nearly every aspect of life for refugees and immigrants.
Also, the driver must be literate in order to to pass the written exam. With some luck, families will have one car to share among them, but getting kids to and from school, as well as getting adults to and from work can be challenging.Difficulties Chinese Immigrants Had in the Late s In the late s, thousands of Chinese immigrants arrived in the United States.
Attracted by opportunities related to the California Gold Rush, the construction of the transcontinental railroad and abundant agricultural jobs, the Chinese came seeking economic opportunity. The history of Chinese Americans or the history of ethnic Chinese in the United States relates to the three major waves of Chinese immigration to the United States with the first beginning in the 19th century.
Chinese immigrants in the . Most immigrants consider America to be a utopia, where the streets are paved in gold and life has no hardships.
These allegories are not completely false but they lack the facts about the hardships of immigration.3/5(3). Treatment of Immigrants - A Summary of the Hardships Faced. The transportation of emigrants in those early days was attended with such cruel conditions that reviewing them now after a lapse of fifty years, it seems almost incredible that they should have been tolerated by any civilized nation.
However, the most important reason for Chinese immigration was economic hardship due to the growing British dominance over China after Britain defeated China in the Opium War of So, these are three reasons why the Chinese people came to the US.
The last question is what kinds of the jobs did those Chinese immigrants do in the US, . Hardships American Immigrants Faced. Michael Belcaster English Final Draft Essay #2 Americans are Immigrants!
"Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life," was the words of former American president, John F. Kennedy (American Immigration: Quotes about Immigration).