The Immigration Status of Afghan Refugees in the US Is Diverse

Nearly 120,000 Afghans who were evacuated after the Taliban took over the country on August 15 are now in makeshift camps in various locations around the world, beginning the months or years process of being resettled abroad.

The immigration routes for these Afghan refugees vary widely, depending on their occupation, their previous status as vulnerable Afghans under Taliban rule, and their last place after being evacuated.

US President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a federal budget bill that includes $6.3 billion to help with the evacuation and resettlement of Americans, which the government estimates are about 95,000 Afghan refugees, next year.

Of the approximately 120,000 Afghans evacuated, about 64,000 are already in America. Their first stop was at a US military base, where their relocation documents were processed while they had access to medical check-ups and vaccinations.

Tens of thousands of other Afghans are being placed in temporary facilities in third countries while their applications are being processed.

An unknown number of potential migrants are still in Afghanistan, with many still trying to complete the logistical and bureaucratic steps that will allow them to leave Afghanistan. [my/pp]

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