'Were bored and returned home': some Ukrainian refugees cannot adapt to a new life in the USA

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Volunteer in California told how some Ukrainian refugees are having difficulty with a new life in the US and even returning home to Ukraine, according to BoderReport.

'Were bored and returned home': some Ukrainian refugees cannot adapt to a new life in the USA

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From a distance, they looked like typical neighborhood kids playing near the gazebo. Then you see that many of them are wearing T-shirts with the inscription “Pray for Ukraine.” As you get closer, you notice several volunteers working with children.

Ukrainian refugee children spend the day in a park in Coronado, California. Just a few months ago, they fled Russian troops invading their home country.

Children and their families made it to Mexico and eventually California.

Approximately 25,000 Ukrainians were able to cross the border into the United States earlier this year, and most made it through the Tijuana-San Diego region, said Vlad Fedoroshin, a volunteer who led relief efforts for many of these refugees.

He said that most of them stayed in the states of Washington, Sacramento and New York, but he continues to work with refugees in Southern California.

“We provide them with legal assistance, help them apply for permits for jobs, social benefits, food stamps and other things,” he said.

Migrants are also offered English courses and even surf lessons and other recreational opportunities.

But despite this help, many Ukrainian refugees are finding that life in the US, especially in Southern California, can be difficult.

“Renting an apartment is very difficult because it’s expensive and you don’t have a credit history , so renting an apartment is almost impossible,” said Fedoroshin. – It is difficult to buy a car here, many people came here with the American dream, they thought that everything would be perfect here.

Fedoroshin says that some got bored and returned home.

“Five percent of these people returned to Ukraine because they couldn’t survive here, it was very hard,” he said.

Irina, who left Ukraine with her two sons seven days after the invasion of Russian troops, remained.< /p>

“I remembered the bombing when the war started and we had to go to bomb shelters,” she said through an interpreter.

Irina says her eldest son, who is 15, is adjusting well, although her 5-year-old child continues to have nightmares and panic attacks triggered by memories of shelling and bombing at home. She said that despite these problems, she is happy to be in the US and very grateful to those who helped her family, especially in Mexico.

“We were amazed at how people accepted us in Mexico, the volunteers and everyone treated us very well and greeted us and the food was great,” she said.

As for Fedoroshin, he says there is still work to be done.

“There are people in the shelter in Tijuana, about 55 years old, we are trying to get them to Mexico City,” he said. – There are many scams in Europe where Ukrainians are told that they can come to the US if they go to Tijuana, and many fall for it.”

In late April, the US government stopped allowing Ukrainians to cross the border through ports of entry, forcing them to seek help in Europe from American embassies or consulates.

And if they go to Mexico, then Ukrainian refugees should stay in Mexico City, where they can also seek help.

If their applications are approved, they will be sent directly to cities in the United States.

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