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Refugee Issues

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Seeking Salaam: Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalis in the Pacific Northwest 

by Sandra Chait

2011 U. of Washington Press 304 p.

A fascinating analysis and comparison of Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalis settling in the northwestern U.S. - rather detailed in places.


Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus.

Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus: Immigrant Incorporation in New Destinations

By Stefanie Chambers

2017 Temple University Press 224 p.

A thorough analysis of the lives of Somali refugees in the Twin Cities and in Columbus, the Midwestern hubs where these new immigrant communities are growing. (Amazon and PDF)

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From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis 

By Hudda Ibrahim

2017 Beaver's Pond Press 320 p.

How did so many Somalis get to Minnesota? Why did this cold, snowy state of all places become “Mogadishu on the Mississippi?” How do our neighbors adjust to life in a new culture?  If you’ve ever asked these questions, this is a must read! (Amazon)

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Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference

by Warren St. John

2009 Random House 320 p.

A story of a remarkable soccer team that contains a very readable coverage of the varied dimensions of refugee resettlement in the USA. While stories of many other non-Somali refugees are included, the issues raised cross ethnic lines.


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Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis 

by Bauman, Soerens, and Smeir

2016 Moody Pub 192 p.

How should Christians respond to the people seeking refuge on our shores? What will rule our hearts? Fear or compassion? In Seeking Refuge, three experts from World Relief, a global organization serving refugees, offer a practical, well-rounded, well-researched guide on this timely issue.


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You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us

By Kent Annan

2018 InterVarsity Press 122 p.

Written in response to his son’s question, “Dad, are we for [refugees] or against them?” The author explains how to move beyond fear and misunderstanding and enter into “stories of welcome,” giving practical response steps. (Amazon)

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Strangers and Neighbors: Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Community in America

By Andrea M. Voyer

2013 Cambridge University Press 232 p.

The city of Lewiston is known as “Maine’s Mogadishu” due to the high Somali population that has migrated there since 2001. This book is based on Voyer’s observations from five years living in this city and observing it adjust to new cultural and religious diversity. (Amazon)

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City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp

by Ben Rawlence

2016 Picador 416 p.

Stories of nine different inhabitants of a refugee camp in northeast Kenya. Gives a clear idea of what many refugees have lived through prior to resettlement, as well discussing the major factors in the ongoing civil war.


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Welcoming the Stranger: Justice Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

by Soerens and Yang

2018 Intervarsity Press 240 p.


In this book, World Relief immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system.


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