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Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Stranger Is Seeking a Drained Iraqi Brain

posted by on July 19 at 13:13 PM

Some 2 million Iraqis have fled the consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, creating an Iraqi brain drain that is making it even harder for that country to stabilize. With U.S. politicians now talking about a complete U.S. pullout soon, Congress has been considering whether America has a moral responsibility to welcome more of the professional class that’s now fleeing the country we threw into chaos.

But while the politicians debate, some members of the Iraqi brain drain have already made it to the U.S. Have any of them made it to this city?

The Stranger is seeking such a person for a story. Are you a recent Iraqi refugee living in Seattle? Do you know one?

If so, email me here and put “Iraqi refugee” in the subject line.

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Listening to NPR, there was a story about an Iraqi refugee, someone who worked for the CPA, who settled in Boise. This is in keeping with our refugee settlment practice, which apparently is to place refugees in the city least like their home. For further reference, see the thousands of Hmong we settled in Minneapolis.

Posted by Gitai | July 19, 2007 1:39 PM

Um. So what about all the Southeast Asians in the Deep (horribly humid and hot) South?

Posted by keshmeshi | July 19, 2007 1:51 PM

What about Canadian refugees?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 19, 2007 2:40 PM

i predict we're not going to let any iraqi refugees in - that would be like inviting them to fight us here.

buy hey, oceans no longer protect us, so let in iraqi hotties only. we could always use more hotties.

Posted by maxsolomon | July 19, 2007 3:04 PM

Wait, I thought we fought them over there so they wouldn't get into bar fights over here?

Now I am so confused ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 19, 2007 3:19 PM

I've got a gf so I'm not in the market for hotties (not that they'd ever be in the market for me), but I contend maxsolomon has a point. Some of the hottiest hotties evar are arabs. Wonder if Iraq also has a hotness drain? Bring it on!

Posted by christopher | July 19, 2007 4:10 PM

@2 Yeah, the Vietnamese in Galveston actually did make some sense. Oddly though, they had a much worse reception than the child marrying, polygamous Hmong in Minneapolis.

Posted by Gitai | July 19, 2007 7:07 PM

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