This piece follows an Iraqi refugee family as they arrive in the U.S. and go through an orientation at a Catholic Charities center in Detroit. They are Chaldean, and they are joining a community of about half a million Iraqi Chaldeans in the greater Detroit area. They left Iraq before the war began and have been living in Istanbul waiting for their status to be approved. The family moves into their cousin's house in Dearborn, Michigan.
About 4 million Iraqis, roughly 1 in 6, have become refugees since 2003, and most have fled to Jordan and Syria. The U.S. agreed to accept about 7,000 refugees in 2007, most of whom, like this family, have applied for status before the war began and will live with relatives in the U.S.
Produced for Arte Television.