Being an immigrant in America is never easy. Everything is different from where we came from: the language, the culture, the traditions. We are anxious, frightened, unsure, but at the same time brave. It is courageous to take a leap of faith and dive into the unknown, alone or with our families and kids alongside. New start, new opportunities but also new responsibilities: learn the language, integrate, but keep true to your own traditions. So much to do, so much to strive for, but where to even begin?
Welcome to America, Welcome Home is a book that tries to answer these questions by relying on other people’s experiences. Advice from immigration and criminal lawyers, business owners, financial advisers, police officers, medical researchers, psychologists, language professors, charity workers, civil rights activists, it’s all in here.
At the same time, the human stories that we all can relate to: the refugees, work migrants, and even of the kids of immigrants are also here.
For every question there is an answer. For every problem there is a solution. Do you know what’s easier – finding a regular job or starting a small business? Do you know your rights? Do you know how to do get your voice heard and stand up for your rights? You can find the answers by going through these issues one chapter at a time.
UNCOVER IN THESE PAGES…
The real life encyclopedia from immigration experts and immigrants’ experiences told with humor and heart.
• Language imperfections, accents, cultural differences are not a barrier but an asset.
• How to work within your community to get your first American job.
• What suits you best: your own small business, a start-up or a traditional job?
• You have rights: advice from immigration and other lawyers.
• What to do in case of emergency if you don’t speak English.
• How to become an active citizen by being engaged in your community’s needs and lobby for your rights.
• Civic engagement tips from local activists.
• How the immigrant kids deal with issues of immigration.
• How to keep your traditions alive.
• No matter how difficult the circumstances, there are established institutions, nonprofit organizations,
charities, and regular citizens of good will, that help immigrants to succeed in America.