4 March 2016

Syrian refugees’ move to US was ‘the happiest day’

By Zoe Thomas
BBC Business reporter, Detroit 3rd March 2016

"The word refugee is painful to hear," says 28-year-old Nedal, through a translator.

In the front room of his house, surrounded by his family, Nedal tells a story about the excitement of a revolution turning to fear, of arrest turning to torture, of hiding and fleeing Syria - and then of a two-year wait in Jordan to receive refugee status in the US.

Nedal says the day he learned he, his wife Raeda and their two children would be allowed to move to the US was "the happiest day".

The family reached Michigan in June 2015.