What a refugee's first night in America is like

Checking in at the Refugee Hotel

For thousands, every year, their first stop in America is one of the motels surrounding New York, Newark, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles – the five official US ports of entry for approved asylum seekers. The “Refugee Hotels” as they have become known.

That’s thousands of stories, every day of every year. Some of them have been captured for posterity by an amazing lensman, Gabriele Stabile, who works closely with IOM and appears in the short film about his Refugee Hotel project