Fatima Barisu, a refugee from Somalia, on the day she arrived to Minneapolis in 2007 to be resettled.

Fatima Barisu, a refugee from Somalia, on the day she arrived in Minneapolis in 2007 to be resettled.

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Gabriele Stabile

Karen refugees from Myanmar arrive to a hotel in Los Angeles on August 18, 2008. It will mark their first night in the United States.

Karen refugees from Myanmar arrive to a hotel in Los Angeles on August 18, 2008. It will mark their first night in the United States.

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Gabriele Stabile

A Somali boy, a refugee, waits in a hotel lobby in Newark on December 11, 2009. He and his family would soon be assigned a room of their own and then begin their refugee resettlement process in the United States.

A Somali boy, a refugee, waits in a hotel lobby in Newark on December 11, 2009. He and his family would soon be assigned a room of their own and then begin their refugee resettlement process in the United States.

Credit:

Gabriele Stabile

A Cuban girl, a refugee, asleep at a hotel in Miami on November 15, 2007. The brief hotel stay marked her first night in the United States.

A Cuban girl, a refugee, asleep at a hotel in Miami on November 15, 2007. The brief hotel stay marked her first night in the United States.

Credit:

Gabriele Stabile

Despite the care provided by the International Organization for Migration, Somali refugees opted to spend the night in a hotel hallway. Some of them feared being left behind on their trip to their resettlement destination. December, 11, 2009.

Despite the care provided by the International Organization for Migration, Somali refugees opted to spend the night in a hotel hallway. Some of them feared being left behind on their trip to their resettlement destination. December, 11, 2009.

Credit:

Gabriele Stabile

A young boy from Bhutan in a hotel room in Los Angeles, waiting to be transferred to his resettlement destination in 2008.

A young boy from Bhutan in a hotel room in Los Angeles, waiting to be transferred to his resettlement destination in 2008.

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Gabriele Stabile

Samira Ebisu combed her hair during her first night in the United States. Photographed in Minneapolis in May 2007.

Samira Ebisu combed her hair during her first night in the United States. Photographed in Minneapolis in May 2007.

Credit:

Gabriele Stabile

A Bhutanese refugee in a Los Angeles hotel, shortly after arriving to the United States in August 2008.

A Bhutanese refugee in a Los Angeles hotel, shortly after arriving to the United States in August 2008.

Credit:

Gabriele Stabile

A young Burmese boy looked out from his hotel room in Los Angeles, shortly after arriving to the United States as a refugee. Photographed in June 2010.

A young Burmese boy looked out from his hotel room in Los Angeles, shortly after arriving to the United States as a refugee. Photographed in June 2010.

Credit:

Gabriele Stabile

The view from a hotel room near O'Hare International in Chicago. The hotel was assigned to Burmese refugees just arriving to the US from Thailand.

The view from a hotel room near O'Hare International in Chicago. The hotel was assigned to Burmese refugees just arriving to the US from Thailand.

Credit:

Gabriele Stabile

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