Gazing through his living room window in a quiet block in Garden City, a 48-year-old Syrian refugee ponders his new life in America.
"In Syria, there's no safety; it's too dangerous," Moustafa Assad said from a sparsely furnished home he rents, with his two sons sitting next to him on his couch. "At least here, it's safe for them. There's no war. ... I want to stay here for my kids' future so they can go to school and learn."
Assad's hopes are echoed by up to 100 Syrian refugees who have arrived in Michigan this year, one of almost 1,500 who came to the U.S. in 2015, fleeing Syria's four-year civil war and refugee camps. It's a small number compared with the hundreds of thousands of Syrians and others who are fleeing war, conflicts and poverty in other parts of Asia and in Africa and arriving in Europe, but the number could grow in coming months as the U.S. Department of State seeks to increase the number of refugees the U.S. takes in.