Most US Syrians arrivals are kids, now enrolling in school

Many of these kids are now enrolling in public schools around the country, including in Chicago; Austin, Texas; New Haven, Connecticut; and suburban San Diego.

By: AP | El Cajon | Published:October 20, 2016 3:59 pm
Syria, Syrian refugees, Syrian refugee children, Syrian refugees in the US, US Syrian refugees, US Syrian refugee children, US Syrian refugee children enroling in schools, US news, refugee crisis, indian express, world news Syrian refugee children sit on the ground as they listen to their teacher inside a tent that has been turned into a makeshift school, at a Syrian refugee camp in Qab Elias, a village in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (Source: AP)

US State Department figures show nearly 80 per cent of the more than 11,000 Syrian refugees who have arrived in the United States over the past year were children. Resettlement agencies said yesterday that is a larger percentage than most refugee groups, in part because Syrians tend to have larger families and many have managed to stay together despite displacement.

Many of these kids are now enrolling in public schools around the country, including in Chicago; Austin, Texas; New Haven, Connecticut; and suburban San Diego. El Cajon, California, received 76 new Syrian students the first week of school.

Resettlement workers and school leaders say Syrian children face many of the same challenges as other young refugees, including limited English and an interrupted education. But they’re somewhat distinct in the level of trauma they’ve experienced.