Iraqi and Afghan Asylum Seekers Are Struggling in the U.S.

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This December 15, 2010, file photo shows Iraqi refugee Ayad Salman in Chicago, Illinois, holding a picture of one of the US units he worked with as a translator in Iraq before fleeing the country.

Roughly 13,000 refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan have come to the United States on special visas since 2008. Many of them provided critical assistance to the United States in their home country by working as interpreters and fixers. Men’s Journal contributing editor Paul Solotaroff has investigated the difficult route to asylum in the United States these people face and their many struggles when they finally get here. His articles "The Interpreters We Left Behind" and "Afghan Interpreters Struggle to Find a Home in the U.S." have been published in Men's Journal.