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Resource ID: #17694
Subject: Immigrants
Source: Columbus Monthly
Date: 2024-12-21



Columbus Monthly reports on the growing Somali diaspora and reveals that Columbus has become their "capital-in-exile." The story finds that "unlike other American municipalities that have found themselves inundated with Somali refugees, Columbus officials have responded to the challenge of assimilating new Somali population." The report describes Somalis as devout Muslims and sheds light on the shock and disillusionment they experience, when they leave a culture of modesty "for a rich American city like Columbus, where materialism reigns supreme..." The story also reveals that Somalis face "difficult encounters" with black Americans - opposite to their expectations - because of language and religion differences.

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