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Welcoming Afghan evacuees

Approximately 76,000 Afghans have currently been evacuated to the United States through Operation Allies Welcome, a federal program to coordinate efforts to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside the U.S. government in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States. Minnesota welcomed 1,363 evacuees between September 2021 and September 2022.

Arrival and resettlement process

People who arrived to the United States through this federal operation:

  • Were evacuated to a neighboring country where they completed security vetting prior to travel to the United States.
  • Were transported to military bases in the United States upon arrival where they completed additional health screening, vaccination, and other processing before being sent to a final destination for resettlement.
  • Were assigned a final destination based on the following criteria:
    • First priority was reunification with family members already in the United States.
    • Placement in a community with capacity to provide initial supports to families.
  • Received initial federally funded reception and placement services for their first 90 days in the United States.
  • Are legally present in the United States and authorized to work.

More information about ways to get involved are on the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans website.

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