Albany Park, Chicago, USA: A Case Report of Refugees in Towns

Amidst rhetorical headlines about refugees and borders in the United States, this report takes a step back to take the long view of how immigrants in a suburb of Chicago have adapted to American society, and adapted the neighborhood of Albany Park, introducing new medical centers, shops, and a university over the course of generations. The author was born in Syria, but as a long-time resident of Chicago and volunteer at a refugee resettlement agency, offers her own perspectives on the neighborhood’s successes integrating generations of new Americans.