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Despite troubled economy Iraqi refugees come to Detroit
Examiner.Com ^ | 11/23/09 | Staff

Posted on 11/23/2009 2:16:36 PM PST by La Enchiladita

Detroit – Tens of thousands have fled Michigan’s troubled economy, yet Iraqi refugees continue to move here.

It is the cultural support from Michigan’s large Middle Eastern community that continues to attract the refugees despite a U.S. effort to place them in cities where they stand a better chance of financial success.

A U.S. government policy is trying to limit refugee resettlements in the Detroit area. However the Detroit area saw a big jump in Iraqi refugees from other U.S. cities, according to a Michigan-based refugee resettlement agency.

For Rawaa Bahoo and Sinan Shamsulddin. both Iraqi refugees never intended to stay where the U.S. government relocated them in July 2008.

Bahoo, 29, said she stayed just a few days in Atlanta before heading to Michigan, where relatives could help her overcome her language barrier.

Kabobs are easier to come by than Big Macs in some areas of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn that more closely resemble a Middle Eastern city than a Midwestern one. Arabic signs are common on storefronts, headscarves are worn by many women and at some fast food joints in the city, the meat is halal which means it is prepared according to Islamic law.

Southeastern Michigan has one of the country's largest Middle Eastern populations at about 300,000. Iraqi's can trace their roots back to the region and Detroit has long been a top destination for Arab immigrants to the U.S.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dearbornistan; detroit; iraqis
Isn't that special?!
1 posted on 11/23/2009 2:16:39 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

As long as they don’t contract ‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome.’


2 posted on 11/23/2009 2:21:19 PM PST by the anti-liberal
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To: La Enchiladita
It is the cultural support from Michigan’s large Middle Eastern community that continues to attract the refugees . . .

And I suppose Uncle Sam's teat has nothing to do with it.

3 posted on 11/23/2009 2:21:26 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: La Enchiladita

San Diego has the second largest Iraqi population.
over 35,000 mostly Chaldeans (Christians) and 400 a
month coming to San Diego.


4 posted on 11/23/2009 2:28:13 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: La Enchiladita

Employment numbers?


5 posted on 11/23/2009 2:28:58 PM PST by wac3rd (Felipe Calderon supports the public option.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Is moving from Iraq to Detroit an improvement?


6 posted on 11/23/2009 2:29:20 PM PST by Loyalist (A tagline so irenic it deserves a Nobel Peace Prize of its own!)
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To: La Enchiladita
"Isn't that special?!"

It is, a real step up too.

Unfortunately most are probably former members of Hussein's Praetorian Guard. LOL

7 posted on 11/23/2009 2:33:31 PM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Loyalist

Iraq is statitically safer, but the violence in Detroit isn’t as random; so Detroit probably is safer. House prices are probably lower in Detroit.


8 posted on 11/23/2009 2:35:26 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SoCalPol

“San Diego has the second largest Iraqi population.
over 35,000 mostly Chaldeans (Christians) and 400 a
month coming to San Diego.”

Catholics


9 posted on 11/23/2009 2:40:52 PM PST by RoadTest ( For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. - I Cor. 3:11)
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To: La Enchiladita

Hmm, must be some kind of longing to live in a war torn hell hole.


10 posted on 11/23/2009 2:46:22 PM PST by AreaMan
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No... nothing.

"What the government gives you as a support is not a great deal. ... If you'd like to live decently, you should have a live connection -- that's your family here in Michigan," said Alsaqa, 34, who lives in Birmingham with family.

Hmmm, I wonder just how much OUR government is giving them? And yet, they sneer at it.

11 posted on 11/23/2009 3:38:29 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us. Pray for America.)
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To: the anti-liberal
As long as they don’t contract ‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome.’

My first thought also.

12 posted on 11/23/2009 3:44:06 PM PST by Mark17
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To: La Enchiladita
Despite troubled economy Iraqi refugees come to Detroit

Well considering they came from a war zone, they should feel right at home in Detroit.

13 posted on 11/23/2009 3:47:00 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RoadTest; SoCalPol

>>Catholics<<

I’m sorry, are you saying that this is a problem or that Catholics aren’t Christians?

I live with the Chaldean’s up here North of Detroit.
You want them here. They watch Dearborn and know what to look out for.


14 posted on 11/23/2009 5:06:33 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: La Enchiladita
the Poles and the Irish and the Germans and the Chinese do the same thing...locate where they have relatives and where their speech can be understood.....

this is a good, safe, beautiful country.....

I hope these immigrants respect what they have here....and hopefully, they will have 2nd and 3rd generations that assimilate....

15 posted on 11/23/2009 10:29:49 PM PST by cherry
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To: netmilsmom

“I’m sorry, are you saying that this is a problem or that Catholics aren’t Christians?”

I’m saying there’s a lack of accuracy in reporting.


16 posted on 11/24/2009 4:12:19 AM PST by RoadTest ( For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. - I Cor. 3:11)
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To: RoadTest

>>I’m saying there’s a lack of accuracy in reporting.<<

By who?


17 posted on 11/24/2009 4:28:32 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: netmilsmom

“By who?”

Good question. Either whoever originally wrote this report or by the Examiner itself.


18 posted on 11/24/2009 7:18:17 AM PST by RoadTest (```)
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To: cherry

Well, the situation in question is a little different. This article and others on the topic state the federal government has been trying to disperse Arab immigrants and specifically keep them from concentrating in the Dearborn area. Assimilation is not a high priority for muslims.


19 posted on 11/24/2009 12:47:47 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us. Pray for America.)
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To: RoadTest; netmilsmom
I’m saying there’s a lack of accuracy in reporting.

However, RoadTest, you were commenting on another FReeper's post, not about the Examiner article. SoCalPol was reminding us that Iraqi Christians live in the San Diego area.

20 posted on 11/24/2009 12:51:05 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us. Pray for America.)
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“However, RoadTest, you were commenting on another FReeper’s post, not about the Examiner article.”

Sorry, I was. I stand corrected.

“SoCalPol was reminding us that Iraqi Christians live in the San Diego area.”

I still would like to see some more accuracy. “SoCalPol was reminding us that Iraqi Catholics live in the San Diego area.”


21 posted on 11/24/2009 1:42:42 PM PST by RoadTest (```)
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