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Burmese refugees getting help from Raleigh school

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A group of students from a Christian school in Raleigh is expanding its relationship with the Burmese refugees they’re trying to help assimilate to life in the U.S.

Students and teachers from Neuse Christian Academy hosted members of the Karen Thursday to kick off a series of English language classes. The refugees also met with retired Raleigh police officers, who will show them how to obtain a driver’s license.

The Burmese refugees have been granted temporary asylum in the U.S. after fleeing years of violence against their sect.

Students from Neuse Christian organized a job fair to help the Karen find jobs, and worked with local businesses that pledged to hire as many of the refugees as possible. They’ve also gotten help from lawmakers to provide immigration assistance.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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