“I remember, I got very hopeless. I said, I can’t find a job. I was almost crying,” said Mohammad Muniri, who waited three years for a special immigrant visa to the U.S. before leaving Afghanistan with his family in 2017. Learning a new language and a new culture, getting driver’s licenses and jobs — these are the daunting tasks facing hundreds of Afghan refugees seeking to resettle in New Jersey.
Perhaps the biggest challenge is finding affordable housing; Muniri said he and his family struggled to find suitable housing. They finally feel secure, like they’re actually “home.” But they predict a long and difficult road ahead for new refugees and fear for their loved ones left behind in Afghanistan.