What’s next for Afghans who fled to the United States? | The Stream


Thousands of Afghans who entered the United States after fleeing the Taliban in August now face the daunting challenge of resettling in a new place.

More than 70,000 Afghans have moved to the US in the past two months. The vast majority – some 56,000 people, half of them children – are being temporarily housed in tents and barracks at military bases across the country. There, many remain in limbo as US immigration agencies struggle to process the paperwork that is needed for benefits including housing aid and job support.

Refugee assistance groups were not prepared for such a huge influx of people this summer, which was a result of the abrupt withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the subsequent mass evacuation of Afghans who assisted the US in its 20-year war and those fleeing potential persecution.

In this episode of The Stream, we’ll talk to Afghans in the US about the resettling process, the obstacles they face and what more needs to be done for them to start rebuilding their futures.

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