Why not? We have S. Vietnamese, we have people from the Bosnian wars (and I’m in contact with two such people almost everyday) who cares if they decide to make a new life here?
Einstein was a refugee. The founder of Sikorsky was a refugee. The guy who made this hot sauce was a refugee.
The Jews were refugees from the pogroms. Half our Germans were refugees from being kicked out of the Volga by the “native” Russians. The Irish were refugees from the Potato Famine + British quarantine; escaping a disaster where a million people died.
Somehow, none of these “waves” resulted in societal collapse for us. And it’s not as if they didn’t have difficulties.
There were criminal elements to be sure, there were riots, there was cultural friction. Assimilation apparently has a way of wearing those things down.
For Kurds, Yazidis and Christians? People being persecuted by either an ethnic, religious, or political majority?
Yeah there is. It’s not just an army they’re fleeing; it’s their neighbors. Even after the conflict is over, there may be no true “home” for them to return to, because the “other” will attack them even after the dust has settled.
Reprisals by victors for past slitghts, or resentment by the losers over having lost.
Except, you’re treating them as a group, not as individuals.
There’s a community of Kurds in Nashiville, TN; it thus makes sense for many Kurds to go there, because they’ll have family or other connections there that they can rely on.
It’s not just about what is close by, it’s about what you have connections to.
Equally, where can you find work? Because housing people in one place for years simply to tweedle their thumbs is a recipe for creating cascading failures.
People need to be somewhere, where they can build a life, not just be alive. It’s not the same as housing people in the wake of most natural disasters… though it may be similar to what we had to do for Katrina victims.