Refugee Voices is a collection of stories and posts written by refugees and immigrants living in the United States.

You can read about the challenges other refugees and immigrants faced immigrating to the United States and learn from them how they succeeded in the United States.

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Former Cambodian refugees find sweet success in America

Former Cambodian refugees Ky and Chhary Phuon achieve the American dream by opening a donut shop in Danville, California. While big-name coffee chains are popular across America, there’s only one place locals in Danville, California, recommend. For over 3 decades, locals have seen the smiling faces of Ky and Chhary Phuon every day of the ... Aqra iktar

Women’s education helps refugees succeed

Awaz was a refugee who fled a country that sometimes did not allow women’s education past elementary school. Because of her studies in the United States, she is now a manager and substitute teacher. Contrary to some common generalizations or stereotypes, I think that refugees and immigrants can be very successful in America. They must ... Aqra iktar

How I got into graduate school less than a year after my arrival

  A newcomer tells his story of how perseverance earned him admission in graduate school When I first came to United States of America as an immigrant in the last quarter of 2016, I came here with an ambition and dream, it is because United States is the land of opportunities and here every individual has the chance ... Aqra iktar

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You’re an American now, right? The journey to American citizenship

Even when marrying a US citizen, the journey toward American citizenship can be long and confusing. People often assume that when I married my American sweetheart, I automatically got American citizenship. This assumption really bothers me because if that was true, this would mean that I would have received a passport at the same time ... Aqra iktar