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First Night in America: 'Hotel USA'

Many refugees who arrive in the United States spend their first night in an airport hotel awaiting for their early morning connection. A new documentary shows what happens during this first night.

Hajer Naili
Hajer Naili is a Journalist and the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at IOM Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a web-reporter/photojournalist for the New-York based publication Women's eNews and was a freelancer for Al Jazeera Plus.
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Arriving in America, Carrying Hopes in a Plastic Bag

Thirty years ago today I came to the US as a refugee, and like many before and after me, I was very eager to become part of American society.

As we returned from our spring break recently, my two young kids were excited to break free as we exited the secured area of Dulles Airport to claim our baggage. It was late and I was tired, not because our short journey was arduous, but rather that traveling with two young kids makes any parent weary.

Hajer Naili
Hajer Naili is a Journalist and the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at IOM Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a web-reporter/photojournalist for the New-York based publication Women's eNews and was a freelancer for Al Jazeera Plus.

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