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“Welcome to the United States! You are at the airport of New York - JFK!” This would be no ordinary greeting if it was not followed by these words: “Some of you will leave to your final destination today and others will spend the night here and depart tomorrow.”
In fact, this message is not intended to address all passengers that arrive at John F. Kennedy airport, it is specifically addressed to the refugees arriving in the United States for their first time.
It was a sunny day in Kharkiv, Ukraine, when Anna (72) and her husband, Nikolay (75) arrived from Mala Danylivka village where they live now, to collect money from a cash program offered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to internally displaced persons (IDPs).