Who are Refugees?

There are

21 million

in the world today.
They have suffered persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, social group and political opinion.
They come from places like Afghanistan, Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, and Sudan.
They were forced to flee their home countries and wait many years for a chance to start a new life.
The lucky ones are interviewed and screened.
Every year the U.S. Government invites


women, children, and men to become Americans.
But they don’t get a free ride.
They take out loans to pay their airfare to the U.S. They arrive legally, fully documented, with many skills
but often without English and without much money.
They appreciate the things we often take for granted:
Freedom, Security, Opportunities.
arrive in Connecticut each year
are welcomed by Iris

They are Refugees.
Our newest Americans. Our oldest tradition.