‘Bush’s War, Our Refugees’

By Mary Ann Zehr — December 05, 2008 1 min read
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The Detroit Metro Times has published an in-depth story this week about Iraqis who are new arrivals in Michigan. Called “Bush’s War, Our Refugees” it mentions the impact of the new refugees on schools. For example, 21 of 24 students are Iraqis in one of the classes for English-language learners at Sterling Heights High School in Sterling Heights, Mich. The article says that 2,000 Iraqi refugees are expected to settle in Michigan this year.

For more about the arrival of Iraqi refugees to the United States, see my post “Iraqi Refugees Trickle to the United States.” The Center for Applied Linguistics, by the way, is scheduled to publish a backgrounder on Iraqi refugees this month.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.