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Refugees’ Evacuation and Resettlement in the United States

In this fourth and final installment of the Legislative Exchange sessions hosted in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), participants will learn about the resettlement of Afghans, including how the process is being handled and what states can expect.

On August 30, 2021, the United States Armed Forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Leading up to that date, efforts were made to evacuate Afghans who worked for United States or North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) governments during their 20 years in the country.

During the session, panelists will discuss the United States government’s evacuation and resettlement effort, including the supportive role of states and local communities; federal policies impacting Afghan evacuees and the need for additional legislation to support this population; the recent Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2022, which sets the annual refugee admissions goal at 125,000 refugees; and innovations within the United States Refugee Admissions Program, such as the Private Sponsorship Pilot Program.


Alice Games, IRC Policy and Advocacy Senior Officer

Olivia Whitely, IRC Western States Advocacy Officer