When immigrants and refugees come to a new country like America, they are often cut off from their homeland, their loved ones and their culture. Often they are required, even at very young ages, to navigate a tangled web of bureaucracies and to adapt rapidly to new settings. Many newcomers find resources that help them make the transition to their new lives in New Hampshire yet others may find those resources lacking. We listen to firsthand accounts of the struggles involved in coming to the Granite State.
Eva Castillo: Coordinator for the New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees, part of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Eva first came to America from her home country of Venezuela in 1976 and first moved to New Hampshire in 1983.
Augustin Ntabaganyimana: Director of Resettlement services for Lutheran Social Services of New Hampshire. Augustin came to New Hampshire as a refugee from Rwanda in 2000.
Narapati Poudyal: Case Manager for the Bhutanese community at The Somali Development Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. Narapati came to New Hampshire as a refugee in 2009.