After Warm Welcome, Syrian Family Struggles In Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – The Syrian refugee couple relocated to Connecticut last year after being rejected by Indiana’s governor say they are still struggling with discrimination and other issues.
Abdullah and Fatema, who give only their first names because of security concerns, say they and their 5-year-old son have received a warm welcome from many in Connecticut. But they expressed surprise at the preconceived notions many Americans have of Muslims.
Abdullah says Americans should not fear his family. He owned a clothing store in Syria before the civil war. He would like to work at a store or dry cleaning business in Connecticut, but he says the language barrier has made finding work a struggle.
He works two days a week as a dishwasher as he continues looking for a full-time job.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Connecticut

At The Box Office
Ski Card

Listen Live