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New Refugees Struggle To Find Footing During Pandemic

Starting a new life in the U.S. is never easy for refugees, but doing it during a pandemic has created more struggles. They are trying to navigate the upheaval of job losses and other challenges brought on by coronavirus restrictions in a language they don’t fully understand and without extended family or close friends to help. Refugee aid organizations have pivoted from training families for work and school to teaching them how to apply for unemployment benefits and do schoolwork online. They’re dipping into emergency funds to pay for rent and food for families after the government cut off funding to help refugees resettle.