Adjusting to life in America

This section of the Refugee Center Online has ideas and information to help you better adjust to life in the US. By better understanding American culture and American values, you will have a better resettlement experience. You can increase your feelings of having control over your life and hopefully have less stress and feel happier.

American Culture

What are American values?

What things do Americans value? Americans value privacy, independence, equality and competition.

Public behavior

Learn about good manners and typical American behavior.

Communication

Learn about how Americans talk to each other.

Private behavior

Information about family relationships, dating, and alcohol and drugs in the United States.

Culture shock

Culture shock

When you move to America, you may experience culture shock.

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Refugee and Immigrant Experience

History

Learn how immigrants helped build the United States. Read about the history and personal stories of refugees in different cities across the US today.