In times of heightened terror threats, it’s easy to keep our guards up.

Following last month's deadly attacks in Paris, the current Syrian refugee crisis has stirred a global debate between those willing to help asylum-seekers, and those who are quick to close their doors over fears that extremists are taking advantage of the crisis to infiltrate Europe.

But if the United States hadn’t offered a home to the following refugees, we may have never reaped the benefits of their human potential. 

NTRSCTN compiled a list of 10 influential refugees who found asylum in the U.S., and made incredible contributions to various fields, ranging from science to the arts. Their stories prove that when we invest in humanity, people can rise above their circumstances, and achieve great things.