Business Grows in US Town that Embraces Refugees

When the United States began accepting Meskhetian Turks as refugees in 2004, Ismailov, his brother and parents were resettled in Charlottesville. Ismailov was 22 years old. He is now 35. “When we came to Charlottesville back in 2005, we just bring clothes. That’s all.” He says the International Rescue Committee (IRC) told him Charlottesville “was a nice place, good and ‘you will like it, so go there.’ We felt free. We felt better than over there. We felt safe.”

Learn more about Ismailov’s and his city here.