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Many new immigrant and refugee families say they are being left behind — especially when it comes to education.
There’s a lot of attention focused on new arrivals to Seattle these days. As our region booms they are equally welcomed for their economic contribution and blamed for pushing up the cost of living. But whether you like them or not (or whether it depends on the day), they are Seattleites now and are part of our future.
“They” are now “Us.”
And that’s as true of a yuppie tech couple settling in a downtown Seattle condo as it is of a Somali-American family working to make ends meet in the South End. But while Seattle (or at least its institutions) seems happy to accommodate those in the first category, many new immigrant and refugee families say they are being left behind — especially when it comes to education.
“I wouldn’t say it’s intentional, but it’s a language barrier, it’s a cultural barrier and it’s a lack of human understanding for refugees and immigrants … ” says Nourah Yonous, who works in Education Outreach for OneAmerica, a local immigrant-rights group. Read more