To help guide Chicago’s immigrant community through a process that can often be regarded as overwhelming and expensive, Arab American Family Services, working in conjunction with other immigrant and refugee organizations, hosted a citizenship workshop Saturday.
Open to anyone who walked through the doors, but geared toward Illinois’ Arab immigrants, the event was held at Stagg High School
in Palos Hills, a neighboring community of Bridgeview. Approximately 13
miles southwest of the Chicago Loop, Bridgeview is home to Illinois’
largest Arab-Muslim community and two Islamic schools that collectively
educate more than 800 students. Arab Americans make up 7 percent of
Bridgeview’s population, according to a 2000 study from the U.S. Census
At more than 85,000, Illinois is home to the
nation’s seventh largest population of Arab Americans, according to a
2009 study by the Census Bureau.
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