U.S. taps private groups to help resettle Afghan refugees

WASHINGTON, 26 October 2021, (TON): The State Department said that it will partner with private groups to help Afghans who have resettled in the United States after Americans pulled out their troops from the country and the Taliban took over the government in Kabul.

Tens of thousands of Afghans have arrived in the United States as part of an American evacuation. Many of them would have been at risk had they remained because of their work over the previous 20 years with U.S. and allied troops or with other U.S. and foreign agencies.

The State Department said “the new program will allow a group of adults to form "sponsor circles" to provide initial support to the refugees as they arrive and help them settle in communities across the country.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement "Americans of all walks of life have expressed strong interest in helping to welcome these individuals.”

"The Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans harnesses this outpouring of support and enables individuals to become directly involved in the welcome and integration of our new neighbors."

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