Refugees in Puget Sound

Series produced by Seattle Globalist

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Image by: Chantal Anderson 

Navigating a new home in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington is the 13th most populated state, but is the 8th highest receiver of refugees in the country. Refugees come to Washington from all over the world, but the largest groups come from Burma, Iraq, Bhutan and Somalia. In this four–part radio series, Jessica Partnow explores the refugee experience in Puget Sound.

The series opens in Little Mogadishu, a Tukwila neighborhood that is changing fast. Next, we find ourselves at Sea–Tac airport, a major employer of refugees and new immigrants. In "Life After War" we follow two Iraqi refugees as they both struggle to recover from PTSD. Our final segment follows Liz Peter, a 19–year–old refugee from South Sudan as she works to put herself — and her seven younger brothers and sisters — through college.


4 Pieces

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Caption: Trudy's Bar, Credit: Alex Stonehill
King County is home to one of the country's largest populations of Somalis. They've been fleeing since the Somali government collapsed in 1991. The...

  • Added: May 23, 2012
  • Length: 07:45
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New refugees have to juggle a lot. There's finding housing, getting kids enrolled in school; often there's learning English. And there's finding a ...

  • Added: May 23, 2012
  • Length: 08:10
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Refugees coming to the US have just a few months to find a job and a place to live. And they are 10 times as likely as the general population to su...

  • Added: May 23, 2012
  • Length: 07:36
Caption: Liz Peter takes her siblings swimming in Seattle., Credit: Chantal Anderson
Once a refugee family has been here for a while, the children often become ambassadors to the outside world. It's the kids who have to translate fo...

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  • Added: May 23, 2012
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