Moayiaw Bilal, his wife Kholoud and their three children fled the bombings and bloodshed in Syria and landed in Lebanon. In Syria, she worked as an Arabic teacher and he worked in a restaurant. That number increased this year and will jump even further during the next.
Allan Smith. The family is one of just three Syrian families that have been resettled in the state, according to Catholic Community Services of Utah, a group that works with refugees upon their arrival in the state. Although there aren't many Syrian refugees, there is a substantial refugee presence.
He said of the 60,000 refugees already living in Utah, many are Muslim and none have ties to terrorism. Most are families with parents that are learning English -- working to support their families. Follow Us.
The goal is for them to be self-sufficient within a few months of arriving. She is a fan of how many freedoms she has in the US compared to her previous home in Syria, though.
Kholoud Abou Arida doesn't care much for American food.
Abou Arida and her family live in Salt Lake City. She sorts clothes for the Mormon church's humanitarian services branch and her husband works in the laundry room of a local hotel. Abou Arida, her husband Moawiyah Bilal, and her three children were among the few Syrian refugees to get accepted to and resettled within America since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Nine domestic agencies work with the US State Department to assign accepted refugees to any one of approximately 180 communities nationwide.
Her husband was in an ESL program at first, but left to focus on work. The refugee resettlement program supports the refugees by helping the find work as soon as they get to Utah.
Trump imposed the ban on Syrian refugees and wants a 30-day ban on immigrants from countries that have ties to terrorism. Catholic Community Services of Utah. Abou Arida said that it's difficult to find employment that is both enjoyable and isn't physically demanding.
The refugee family was resettled in Utah last November. She's hoping the rest of her family will be able to join her in America soon, as most are still left behind in Syria.
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And of all places to get resettled, the family ended up in Utah.